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ERIC Number: EJ747420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1341
West Virginia's Lost Youth: Appalachian Stereotypes and Residential Preferences
Towers, George
Journal of Geography, v104 n2 p74-84 2005
This study uses a cognitive mapping survey to examine the effect of Appalachian stereotypes on West Virginia high school students' residential preferences. The research addresses the popularly held hypothesis that West Virginia is suffering out-migration of its young people in part because of negative regional imagery. Survey results provide some support for this position. Appalachian stereotypes are a leading explanation given by survey respondents for their residential disinclinations toward their home state. This research indicates the influence of regional stereotypes on residential intentions and the usefulness of cognitive mapping in exploring geographic stereotyping.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia