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An analysis of some of the factors which influence the adoption of values by adolescents Pearson, Donna May


This study was done to determine if students, classified differently on certain environmental and physical determinants, come from differing value populations. This was done by use of two instruments, the Differential Values Inventory for personal values and the Occupational Values Rating Scale for vocational values. Three schools were used, two public schools and a private religious school. The public schools were situated in different socio-economic areas. The students were rated on each of 5 classifications: socio-economic standing, sex, grade, church attendance and school program. Scores were obtained for each student and were analyzed using the Hotelling T² test which gave confidence intervals for acceptance or rejection of the hypotheses that students classified differently on the above named 5 factors would have the same values. It was found that students, when classified according to regularity of church attendance, sex, school program and grade did create populations which held significantly different values. When students were classified according to socio-economic status there was no significant difference in the values they held.

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