Accession Number : AD0670986

Title :   A PILOT STUDY OF YOUNG AMERICANS' BELIEFS AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CIVIL DEFENSE.

Descriptive Note : Preliminary rept. no. 1,

Corporate Author : MICHIGAN STATE UNIV EAST LANSING DEPT OF COMMUNICATION

Personal Author(s) : Greenberg,Bradley S. ; Dominick,Joseph R. ; Razinsky,Edward

Report Date : MAR 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : The study sought answers to two questions: (1) What is the difference between two groups of teenagers in terms of CD information and attitudes, where one group has been exposed to an intensive in-school civil defense program, and (2) What differences in information and attitudes exist between younger and older teenagers (14 vs. 17-year-olds). The principal positive effects of the school civil defense program were in terms of informational and communication behaviors. The young people were better informed, used more and different sources of information, talked more about CD and shelters, among other behaviors. To the extent that age makes a difference, it appears to manifest itself in somewhat less favorable CD attitudes. The youngsters who had been exposed to a systematic program of information thought more favorably about civil defense along several dimensions. They rated civil defense as wiser, more important, more interesting, bolder, safer, and more expensive, than did the other teenagers. Their judgments were more intense. None of these judgments were negative ones. It was that the group with more information was relatively more favorable in its assessment of CD as a topic. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*CIVIL DEFENSE, *PUBLIC OPINION), ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), ADOLESCENTS, STUDENTS, SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, FALLOUT SHELTERS

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Civil Defense

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE