ERIC Number: ED347102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Values and the Salience of the Nuclear Threat: Social and Developmental Implications.
Mayton, Daniel M., II
This study was designed to identify developmental differences in the value priorities for individuals who spontaneously expressed a concern about nuclear war and those who did not. The Rokeach Value Survey and the Spontaneous Concern About the Nuclear Threat Scale were administered to a sample of over 5,000 adolescents and over 900 adult community members in the rural inland northwest. About one in four of the adolescents and older adults expressed concern about nuclear war. A significantly smaller proportion of the younger adults expressed concern about a nuclear war than the adolescents and older adults. Value priorities were found to differentiate significantly the two concern groups across the age span. Adolescents and adults who expressed concern about a nuclear war placed higher priorities on the social values of a world at peace. Respondents who did not express a concern about nuclear war placed higher priorities on the individual values of an exciting life and pleasure. (A list of 14 references and a number of tables conveying the survey data are appended.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (98th, Boston, MA, August 10-14, 1990).