Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology


Older people vote more frequently than do younger people (Campbell, 1971; Crittenden, 1963). Although chronological age can tell us quite a bit about how a person will choose to behave it is by no means a complete guide. Perhaps more important to the mystery of why people behave as they do is in the specific set of roles that they occupy at a particular age. What factors are important to the decision to vote? What is the particular nature of the reasons given for deciding to vote? Are role and status engagement important to the understanding of the decision to vote? How are role and status engagement related to political interest? The problem of this thesis is to understand how age, life stage, role and status engagement and political involvement are interrelated and how each acts to affect the reasons for deciding to vote in older people.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Gretchen E. Decker March, 1989