Masters Thesis

Verbal hostile modes as symbolic indicators of socioeconomic class.

Discussion of purpose, intent. Segments of American society are differentiated from each other by such things as amount of income, quantity and quality of material possessions, areas of occupation, place-type of residential dwelling, and social status. In addition, recent research has emphasized the functional and dysfunctional aspects of socioeconomic class differences in verbal modes and ability. The verbal learning and modes of an individual are an integral part of his existence. The young child acquires developmental, personalized verbal patterns of behavior. He learns verbal responses to different verbal stimuli that are acquired from his interaction with the environment.The effects of early on behavior have not been disputed, although there are differences among theorists trying to delineate the effects of environmental dynamics. That socioeconomic status is a highly relevant independent variable in the environmental structure is also conceded. At the present time, much research has been initiated and funded with the intent of determining the full significance of socioeconomic class as it relates to behavior.

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