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NCJ Number: 44556 Find in a Library
Title: CHILDREN'S IMAGES OF THE SUPREME COURT - A PRELIMINARY MAPPING
Journal: LAW AND SOCIETY REVIEW  Volume:11  Issue:5  Dated:(SUMMER 1977)  Pages:851-871
Author(s): G A CALDEIRA
Corporate Author: Law and Society Assoc
University of Denver
College of Law
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Law and Society Assoc
Denver, CO 80204
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE HYPOTHESIS THAT PUBLIC SUPPORT OF THE SUPREME COURT STEMS FROM YOUTHFUL IDEALIZATION IS SCRUTINIZED; AN ANALYSIS OF DATA ON CHILDREN'S OPINIONS OF THE COURT TENDS TO REFUTE THE HYPOTHESIS.
Abstract: THE 'YOUTHFUL IDEALIZATION' VIEW RESULTED FROM A 1969 STUDY BY EASTON AND DENNIS OF OVER 10,000 WHITE, MIDDLE-CLASS, GRADE SCHOOL CHILDREN. THE HYPOTHESIS HAS GAINED WIDESPREAD ACCEPTANCE; THIS PAPER ATTEMPTS TO CRITICALLY EVALUATE THE THEORY. THE AUTHOR UNDERTOOK A QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS OF DATA GATHERED FROM INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED DURING THE 1969-1970 ACADEMIC YEAR INVOLVING 25 BLACK AND 86 WHITE AMERICAN CHILDREN 10 TO 14 YEARS OLD. OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS WERE DESIGNED TO ELICIT THE CHILD'S PERCEPTIONS OF MAJOR POLITICAL ROLES AND INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING THE SUPREME COURT. THE FINDINGS OFFER EVIDENCE THAT MOST CHILDREN ARE NOT ONLY UNAWARE OF THE SUPREME COURT AND ITS FUNCTIONS BUT DEMONSTRATE LITTLE OR NO POSITIVE AFFECT TOWARD THAT INSTITUTION. THE DIFFERING RESULTS OF THE ORIGINAL STUDY AND THE LATER STUDY ARE ATTRIBUTED TO THE FACT THAT THE 1969 DATA WAS COLLECTED THROUGH THE USE OF FIXED-RESPONSE SURVEY INSTRUMENTS. THE CONCLUSIONS DRAWN FROM THE LACK OF INFORMATION OR AFFECT ARE THAT THE SUPREME COURT DOES NOT HAVE A TREMENDOUS STORE OF LEGITIMACY AND THAT A PERSON'S VIEWS ARE LARGELY A PRODUCT OF WHETHER THE PERSON LIKES OR DISLIKES PARTICULAR DECISIONS. SUPPORTING DATA AND REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED.
Index Term(s): Juveniles; Perception; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Studies; US Supreme Court
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