Clothng behavior of adolescents in an economically disadvantaged rural community Public Deposited

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  • This thesis is a study of the clothing behavior of disadvantaged adolescents in a rural community as it relates to the factors of social class, security level, peer acceptance and self-selection of clothing. This study was selected because very little research in clothing behavior has been done in disadvantaged rural areas; yet many home economists work in similar areas. Questionnaires developed by the writer to measure self-selection in clothing acquired and worn were administered to 74 high school students', along with research measures developed by other investigators to measure peer acceptance level, conformity in dress and security level. The mode of dress for the students in the population was computed from a checklist of items frequently worn to school. The level of conformity to the mode of dress was also computed from this checklist. The data revealed positive correlations between social class and conformity in dress (.16) and between social class and clothing last worn which was self-selected (.10). Positive correlations were also found between security level and peer acceptance (.15), between security level and conformity in dress (.15), and between security level and clothing last acquired which was self-selected (.11). A positive correlation was also found between peer acceptance and conformity in dress (.15). A correlation was found between peer acceptance and clothing last worn which was self-selected (.12). There was a negative correlation between conformity in dress and self-selection of the last item of clothing acquired for the wardrobe (-.20). The highest correlation between factors occurred between self-selection of last item acquired for wardrobe and self-selection of clothing item last worn (.71). Of the clothing items in the modal dress pattern, the girls in the study selected most of their last pair of pants or latest pantsuit themselves, while their sweaters were often selected by someone else. The boys selected most of their shoes or boots themselves, while their dress shirts were often selected by another person. Most of the friendships in the adolescent population were mutual pairs. Fifty-nine percent of the adolescents in the study were part of a mutual pair friendship. The general mode of dress for the participants was conservative, with no extremes in hair style or dress for either boys or girls. The students tended to conform in ways which were inexpensive or lacking in cost. No student wore 100% of the modal dress items on the day the data were collected.
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