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Three-Wave Political Socialization Panel Survey of Children in the San Francisco East Bay Area, 1968-1969

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Rosenau, Pauline Vaillancourt
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • University of California-Berkeley. Department of Political Science
Free Keywords
children; government performance; political affiliation; political efficacy; political knowledge; political participation; political parties; political socialization; presidency; presidential performance
  • Abstract

    This study investigated a number of substantive and methodological questions concerning the political socialization of children. Specifically, the study explored children's images of the American president, political participation, political knowledge, the generalization of nonpolitical experience to political participation and political efficacy, orientations toward political strategies, political system satisfaction, perceived governmental responsiveness, youth politics, party identification, and perceptions of political parties. Due to the timing of the survey -- the first wave was conducted in December 1968, the second in January 1969, and the third in May-June 1969, a period covering the transition from one president to another of a different political party affiliation -- children's changing attitudes toward presidential figures were measured. Also, children's developing images of a newly-elected president over a six-month period were studied. In addition, the data collection provides teachers' responses to questions concerning the political content of the curriculum as well as their views about the appropriateness of discussing such matters in the classroom. The methodological features of this collection allow comparisons of closed- (Parts 1, 3, and 5) and open-ended (Parts 2, 4, and 6) question forms and the study of the cross-time stability of children's political party choices and other opinions, as well as comparisons with political socialization studies in France and the United States, from which exact question wordings were replicated. Parts 7-8 (Waves 1-3, Closed-Form and Open-Form Data, respectively) contain the responses of individuals who participated in all three waves of the survey. A range of background variables were measured, including age, sex, race, intelligence-ability, religion, father's occupation, education, and social interests.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Wave 1, Closed-Form Data
    • DS2: Wave 1, Open-Form Data
    • DS3: Wave 2, Closed-Form Data
    • DS4: Wave 2, Open-Form Data
    • DS5: Wave 3, Closed-Form Data
    • DS6: Wave 3, Open-Form Data
    • DS7: Waves 1-3, Closed-Form Data
    • DS8: Waves 1-3, Open-Form Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 1968 / 1969
    Time period: 1968--1969
Geographic Coverage
  • California
  • San Francisco
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Children attending 4th, 6th, and 8th grades in public and Catholic schools in the San Francisco Bay area in 1968-1969.
The sample comprises 4th-, 6th-, and 8th-grade students attending two public schools in Berkeley, California, and three public schools and two Catholic schools in Oakland, California.
2006-01-18 File CB2341.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): University of California-Berkeley. Department of Political Science.
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2341 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02341.v1
  • Vaillancourt, Pauline Marie, Niemi, Richard G.. Children's Party Choices. The Politics of Future Citizens.San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 1974.
  • Rosenau, Pauline Vaillancourt. Problems in political socialization studies: A consideration of the subfield and its raison d'etre. Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences.1973.
  • Vaillancourt, Pauline Marie. The stability of children's survey responses. Public Opinion Quarterly.37, (3), 373-387.1973.
    • ID: 10.1086/268099 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Rosenau, Pauline Vaillancourt (2000): Three-Wave Political Socialization Panel Survey of Children in the San Francisco East Bay Area, 1968-1969. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.