Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
We examined the political attitudes of college-aged students and the political identities of their parents to better understand the role that both parent-child political socialization and the liberal university environment play in political identity formation. We compared students explicit and implicit political attitudes and examined the relationships of these attitudes to the political identities of their parents. We also explored the uniqueness of two candidates, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election. Our results supported the existing notion of parental influences on political identity formation and revealed that the university environment may not play as large of a role in shifting first and second year university students away from political identities established at home. However, data revealed greater support for the non-traditional candidate in our left-leaning participants, suggesting that factors other than parent influence could be at play in forming the political identities of the youth.
Meyer, Mary C.; Chesser, Svetlana; Swanson, Sally B.; and Forbes, Sean
"Political attitudes of the young electorate in the 2016 presidential election and parental influences on political identity formation.,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 25:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol25/iss1/3