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Principal Investigator(s): Easton, David; Hess, Robert
This study sought to measure children's early receptiveness to political concepts. A structured questionnaire was administered to a sample of white urban public school children in grades 2 through 8 from eight American cities: Boston, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, Chicago, Illinois, Sioux City, Iowa, Atlanta, Georgia, Jackson, Mississippi, San Francisco, California, and Tacoma, Washington. Information was collected on attitudes toward real people and roles, opinions concerning the origin, relevance, and supremacy of laws, and cognizance of current affairs and issues. All grades were given the same physical questionnaire, but only grades 4 through 8 completed it in its entirety. Grades 2 and 3 stopped after they had reached their respective limits.
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Easton, David, and Robert Hess. Eight City Study of Child Political Socialization, 1961-1962. ICPSR07297-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1975. doi:10.3886/ICPSR07297.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07297.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: children, cultural perceptions, elementary school students, middle class, opinions, political attitudes, political awareness, political socialization, public figures, public schools, social attitudes, social roles, socialization, urban population, White Americans, working class
Geographic Coverage: Atlanta, Boston, California, Chicago, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Jackson (Mississippi), Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Portland (Maine), San Francisco, Sioux City, Tacoma, United States, Washington
Date of Collection:
Universe: Urban public school children in grades 2 through 8.
Data Types: survey data
Sample: The continental United States was divided into four regions: Northeast, Northcentral, South, and West. From each region two cities were chosen, one with a population greater than 1,000,000 and the other with a population ranging between 100,000 and 500,000. The cities were: Boston, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, Chicago, Illinois, Sioux City, Iowa, Atlanta, Georgia, Jackson, Mississippi, San Francisco, California, and Tacoma, Washington. Within each city public schools were purposively chosen from "middle-class" and "working-class" areas. The sample was exclusively white.
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
- Standardized missing values.
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 1984-03-18
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