Political variables in political socialization: Reply to “the dynamics of interpersonal attitudinal influence”
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In this paper two arguments are advanced with regard to parental influence on adolescent political attitudes. First, variables like “parental affect,” which are of considerable theoretical interest to social psychologists, are of relatively little interest to the system-level concerns of political scientists because of their lack of variance. Second, the additive issue salience/perceptual accuracy model I proposed (1974) is a better fit to the data than a multiplicative cue-giving/parental affect model proposed in this journal by Cundy (1979). The fit of the two models is tested with the Jennings (1965) socialization data.
KeywordsSocial Psychologist Political Scientist Accuracy Model Theoretical Interest Political Attitude
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