National sentiment in a newly independent nation

N. T. Feather

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    Conducted a field study that focused on the achievement of national independence in the developing nation of Papua New Guinea. It was hypothesized that indigenous Papua New Guineans (n = 231 high school students) would show greater national identification and positive sentiment toward their new nation than a comparable group of 75 Australian high school expatriates. Analysis of responses to attitude items, the Rokeach Value Survey, H. Cantril's (1965) ladder measures, and questions concerning hopes and fears for the future of Papua New Guinea supported the hypothesis and indicated a relative merging of personal and national concerns for the Papua New Guinea group. (23 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1017-1028
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1981


    • national identity feelings, indigenous vs Australian expatriate high school students, Papua New Guinea


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