Political Socialization and Gender: An Analysis of American Adolescents
Sarapu, Alexander J.
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This paper explores the effects of political socialization by examining adolescent political attitudes, beliefs, and opinions. Data collected from 1190 surveys of American students is analyzed in an attempt to discover gender-based differences. This data is compared with past survey research conducted in the field of political socialization. While few gender-based differences are apparent, it appears that in some specific areas, males and females differ. The research also shows that American youth are generally uninterested in politics and have a relatively low level of trust in government leaders.