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Author: Bachman, Jerald G.
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1. Bachman, Jerald G.
Omalley, Patrick M.
Yea-saying, Nay-saying, and Going to Extremes: Black-White Differences in Response Style
Public Opinion Quarterly 48,2 (Summer 1984): 491-509.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Keyword(s): Attitudes; Geographical Variation; Racial Differences

This study used data from 3 nationwide surveys of youth ranging from 15 to 23 years of age: Monitoring the Future Project: Design and Procedures by J.G. Bachman and L.D. Johnston (1978), High School and Beyond: A National Longitudinal Study for the 1980s by the National Opinion Research Center (1980), and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) by the Center for Human Resource Research (1981). In all three studies, respondents completed Likert-type questionnaire items, and their responses revealed important racial differences: blacks were more likely than whites to use the extreme response categories, particularly the positive end of agree-disagree scales. Response style indices (agreement, disagreement, acquiescence, and extreme responding) displayed ranges of individual differences and cross-time stabilities comparable to commonly used personality measures. For both races, agreement tendencies were stronger among those in the south, especially in nonmetropolitan areas; however, controlling for geography did little to reduce overall black-white differences. Findings reveal potential pitfalls in dealing with racial differences in survey and personality measures and illustrate the need for caution in reporting and interpreting such differences. [(c)APA]
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Bachman, Jerald G. and Patrick M. Omalley. "Yea-saying, Nay-saying, and Going to Extremes: Black-White Differences in Response Style." Public Opinion Quarterly 48,2 (Summer 1984): 491-509.