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Study Report

Study Number: LA-039-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1974

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: Political involvement among adolescents in the United States, 1974.  [machine-readable data file] / Sigel, Roberta S.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8094

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: High school students in this study were questioned concerning a variety of matters related to politics and government. These include attitudes toward democracy, citizen rights and responsibilities, political trust, and political efficacy. Opinions were also sought on government performance in a number of more specific areas such as education and the economy. Knowledge of and attitudes toward the Watergate affair were given special attention. A series of questions probing students' knowledge of politics and current events was also included. Students' self-image, trust in people and feelings of control over one's life were also investigated. Additional variables include parents' education and employment, student activities in and out of school, and student plans for and expectations of the future.

SOURCE: personal interviews, and self-enumerated forms

UNIVERSE: Pennsylvania high school seniors

SAMPLE: Representative sample of Pennsylvania high schools. Number of students interviewed in each school was adjusted according to size of school and community. Sample was drawn so as to ensure that small towns and rural areas contain enough students for separate analysis and that both academic and vocational high schools were included.

NOTE: Data has been verified as having correct number of records. However, some deck identification numbers appear to be in error. Therefore, sorting of data by respondent and deck identification numbers may not be advisable.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + SPSS control cards.

RESTRICTIONS: In order to protect respondent confidentiality, the variable which identifies respondent's high school has been set to missing data. DATA.TYPE = survey data

DATA FORMAT: Card Image with SPSS control cards

TIME PERIOD: March-May 1974


SUBJECT TERMS: career goals. civic duty. civil rights. current affairs. domestic affairs. economic attitudes and behavior. education. government performance. group political orientation. political attitudes and behavior. political efficacy. political participation. political rights. political socialization. presidential performance. social attitudes and behavior. social goals. trust, personal and political. youths. Pennsylvania. United States. Watergate.


Sigel, Roberta, and Marilyn Hoskin. THE POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT OF ADOLESCENTS. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1981. Sigel, Roberta, and Marilyn Hoskin. ''Affect for Government and Its Relation to Policy Output Among Adolescents.'' AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE (1977). Hoskin, Marilyn and Roberta Sigel. ''Governmental Performance and Political Involvement.'' INDIANA SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY (1976-77).

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