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ERIC Number: ED539617
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-15
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Memberships, Voting, Social Trust, and Online Participation in Emerging Adulthood
Menard, Lauren Ann; Slater, Robert O.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Apr 13-17, 2012)
American political and civic engagement was examined by life stage and educational attainment levels in 2008 political data. Engaged proportions of older Americans were larger than young Americans for Memberships, Voting, and Social Trust. A larger proportion of Young Adults (23%) than Older Adults (19%), however, was found for Online Participation (x[superscript]2=8.25, p=0.02). College Degree proportions were larger than No Degree proportions for all measures. Gaps between Older College Graduates and Young College Graduates were smaller than gaps between Older Adults and Young Adults for Memberships and Social Trust. The strong, inverse association between Young Adults and Voting (b= -1.11) was weakened with the product predictor Young College Graduates (b= -1.07). Online Participation and Young College Graduates (b=0.605) was the only positive correlation with ages 18-29 years. Evidence to support notions of new politics and a techno-deterministic transformation of political engagement (Calenda & Meijer, 2009) was found in American data. (Contains 1 figure and 5 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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