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ERIC Number: ED443048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 14
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The Influence of Formal Education on Social Attitudes and Helping Behavior.
Astleitner, Hermann; Herber, Hans-Joerg; Paschon, Andreas; Thonhauser, Josef
In considering the question of whether education leads to better and more supportive human beings, a survey was conducted on how formal education and demographic variables, such as age, gender, and degree of urbanization, influence helping behavior and social attitudes. Data were collected from 588 Austrians, ages 14 to 89. Results of the survey indicated that formal education increased progressivism, while decreasing chauvinism and social responsibility. Helping behavior was weakly associated with formal education but strongly associated with age. One explanation of these results is that progressive people often represent a liberal way of thinking in which individuals take care of their own lives. In respect to social attitudes, the survey showed that older people are less progressive, more chauvinistic, and show more social responsibility than younger people, possibly attributable to the expected or given social, health, or financial handicaps or related fears. The present study also reports that men showed higher social responsibility attitudes than women. It suggests that future research consider why social attitudes only lead to helping behavior when certain combinations of attitudes are given. (Contains 2 tables and 14 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria