THE DEVELOPMENT OF VALUES AND BELIEFS IN YOUNG AMERICANS TOWARD FALLOUT SHELTERS AND CIVIL DEFENSE
Pilot study rept. no. 2
MICHIGAN STATE UNIV EAST LANSING DEPT OF COMMUNICATION
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This is the second of three reports concerning the attitudes expressed by American youngsters toward fallout shelters and civil defense. The present study focused on the combined effects of age, sex, race and personal ability on their opinions. When these variables are controlled singly and together in analyzing opinions, we find the following In terms of age, younger students were more favorable to fallout shelters and civil defense with no changes introduced by controlling for other variables. Race also remained highly correlated with attitudes, after controlling other factors. Non-white youngsters were generally favorable than white youngsters, but the difference was most pronounced among the older non-whites. Personal ability accounted for differences in attitude toward fallout shelters and civil defense. The higher ability students, especially the older ones, were less favorable toward the two opinion areas. Sex was a weak, negligible correlate of these attitudes, and sex did not interact with the other variables.
- Sociology and Law
- Civil Defense