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Master of Science (MS)


Family Consumer Human Development

Department name when degree awarded

Family and Child Development


Don C. Carter


The purpose of this thesis was to examine children's perceptions of policemen as these are related to the social environment in which he lives; and to investigate the social class, sex, and racial influences upon their perceptions.

An oral picture test, consisting of 12 pictures, was administered to 39 fourth-grade children in two Ogden, Utah, public schools.

The findings of this study is that there is mixed support for the hypothesis that significant differences exist between middle- and lower-class children in their perceptions of policemen. Support was approached for the second hypothesis: there exist significant differences between males and females in their perception of policemen. However, because a borderline level of significance (.07) was determined, it is uncertain whether differences exist between the sexes in their perceptions of policemen. The third hypothesis--that there exist significant differences between Caucasian and non-Caucasian races in their perception of policemen--was not statistically supported.