Date Approved

5-7-2008

Embargo Period

3-23-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Epifanio, Frank

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

College students--Religious life; Prejudices--Religious aspects

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the connections between prejudice, and religiosity. Data was obtained by administering measures to 45 college students. The first measure was a set of vignettes (A and B) that involved a person who was described as "fairly religious", or "atheist", and a rating scale. The other measure was the Religious Orientation Scale Revised version (Gorsuch & McPherson, 1989). This was used to measure religiosity in terms of intrinsic of extrinsic. T-tests were run to determine the statistical differences between each group, as well as on specific adjectives. Correlation tests were run to determine whether religiosity was related to attitudes toward the individuals described in the vignettes. There was a statistically significant difference between group A and group B. There was also a statistically significant difference between the adjectives: "Spiritual": t(43)=5.458, p=.000, "Reliable": t(43)=2.490, p=.017 and "Honest": t(43)=2.117, p=.040. The following adjectives approached significance: "Moral": t(43)=1.958, p=.057, "Humble": t(43)=1.887, p=.066 and "Insightful": t(43)=1.774, p=.083. The participant's attitudes towards the individuals on the vignettes did not correlate to the scores on the ROS-R scale or subscales.

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