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The nuclear family: Correspondence in cognitive and affective reactions to the threat of nuclear war among older adolescents and their parents.

Authors
  • Hamilton, S B
  • Knox, T A
  • Keilin, W G
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of youth and adolescence
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1986
Volume
15
Issue
2
Pages
133–145
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/BF02141734
PMID: 24301626
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In order to assess the relationship between family members' cognitive and affective responses to nuclear war issues, 317 college students and their parents (n=559) independently completed a multifaceted questionnaire that included items concerning personal reactions, predictions, opinions, and attitudes about nuclear war. Results revealed a negligible relationship between the responses of college students and their parents, although the level of concordance between mothers and fathers was somewhat greater. Moreover, parents and students were relatively poor at predicting each others' nuclear threat attitudes, and the strength with which an attitude was endorsed did not enhance its predictability. Results are discussed with regard to heterogeneity in attitudinal and affective reactions within families, and with regard to the idea that infrequent communication concerning nuclear war issues may be occurring.

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