The investigators were interested in assessing the relationship between upward mobility potential and attitudes toward mental illness. For the 147 male adolescents studied, it was hypothesized that those working-class youth who demonstrated a high predictability of future upward social mobility would score more liberally on the five factors of the Opinions about Mental Illness Scale than those working-class youth who demonstrated a low predictability of future upward social mobility. Through the use of the aforementioned scale, the Otis Quick Scoring Mental Ability Test and Zero Order Correlations, the hypothesized relationship was confirmed; i.e., the upwardly mobile group was significantly more liberal than the non-mobile group.
Rosenberg and Mendelson, Honey A.
"Upward Mobility Potential Attitudes Toward Mental Illness and Working-Class Youth,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 3
, Article 11.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol3/iss5/11