Influence of clothing as a decision criterion on high school students' social participation : comparison of students and teachers Public Deposited

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  • This study assessed the differences between teachers' opinions and students' responses regarding the influence of clothing on adolescents' decisions to participate in social activities. Survey methodology was used with the final samples consisting of 336 students and 140 teachers who were drawn from six high schools located in economically depressed and non-depressed areas of the state of Oregon. All of the predominantly female students were enrolled in home economics classes. Their ages ranged from thirteen to twenty years with the mode being 16 years. The teachers taught a variety of subjects that spanned from science and math to liberal arts. The majority of the teachers had been working in their profession for eleven or more years. On the student and teacher questionnaires the question was asked why students did not participate in social events or school extracurricular activities. The following response choices were listed on both questionnaires: a) My parents will not let me go; b) I do not have the "right" clothes to wear; c) I don't have enough money; d) I really do not have any interest in going. On the teachers' questionnaire two additional reasons were listed: e) I do not have transportation; f) It conflicts with my work. A 7-point Likert type scale was used. The statistical treatment of data included descriptive statistics, t-test calculations and qualitative analysis. It was hypothesized that feelings of perceived clothing deprivation (not having "the right clothes to wear") would be the most important reason that students do not attend a social event. This hypothesis was based on previous literature that suggested clothing is very important during the adolescent stage of development. Contrary to this hypothesis, the students' mean scores revealed that not having the "right clothes" was the least important reason for not attending of the four reasons listed. As hypothesized, teachers rated not having "the right clothes to wear" as the least important factor for students deciding not to attend a social event. This hypothesis was exploratory in nature. One of the most important findings of this study was that teachers and students responded in the same pattern. This was not what was expected, but it was conceptually interesting to know they think alike rather than differently.
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