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ERIC Number: ED539616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Capturing Young American Trust in National Databases
Menard, Lauren A.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) (Oxford, MS, Nov 2-4, 2011)
A pattern of decreasing trusting proportions in each consecutive decade and increasing trusting proportions with age was revealed in data. Although trust levels were lower in younger adults and the 2000s, findings did not support hypotheses of more rapidly falling trust levels or a college degree procuring less trust in the 2000s. A hypothesis of upswings in trust for young adults following September 11, 2001 was supported. Logistic regression analyses identified the 1990s, not the 2000s, as the decade with the weakest associations between trust and college degree and life stage product term variables. Two exceptions to patterns in the 2000s--no change in the proportion of trusting 25 to 29-year-olds and an increase in the trusting proportion of 18 to 24-year-old college graduates--suggested Putnam (2005) may have cause to look more closely to emerging adults today for a possibility of the next greatest civic generation of Americans. An appendix presents: Differences between GSS [General Social Survey Datafile] and ANES [American National Election Studies] Surveys for Social Trust. (Contains 2 figures and 5 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Social Survey