Date of Award:

1971

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Department name when degree awarded

Family and Child Development

Advisor/Chair:

Don C. Carter

Abstract

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.

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