Social Justice Attitudes and Their Demographic Correlates Among a Nationally Representative Sample of U.S. Adolescents

Justina Kamiel Grayman, Erin B. Godfrey

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Abstract

Compared to extant studies, this study uses more rigorous analyses to describe social justice attitudes and their correlates among a nationally representative sample of 2,811 U.S. ninth-graders. Females and adolescents with more educated mothers tended to express more support for social justice. Strikingly, about 90 % of adolescents believed that equal opportunity to obtain a good education exists in the U.S. Adolescents were also more likely to support abstract social justice principles rather than solutions that promote social justice: about 80 % agreed that all races and genders should have equal opportunities, but only 55 % reported that government should be responsible for individuals' economic needs. Differences between U.S. adolescents' and adults' attitudes are noted, and implications for future research are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)422-444
Number of pages23
JournalSocial Justice Research
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Political attitudes
  • Principle-implementation gap
  • Public opinion
  • Social justice attitudes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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