Thesis Title

Racial Prejudice As A Function Of Religious Orientation Among College Students

Date of Graduation

Spring 1997

Degree

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

John Maloney

Subject Categories

Psychology

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between five types of religious orientation (Extrinsic, Intrinsic, Quest, Fundamentalism and Christian orthodoxy) and racial discrimination. Participants were asked to rate one of three scenarios depicting an individual of one of three races (White, Hispanic or Black). The scenarios depicted an individual who had committed an illegal activity. A significant difference between the three ratings was conceptualized as racial discrimination. Participants were also asked to complete the five religious scales mentioned above. No evidence of racial discrimination was found in population tested. Evidence indicated that those who scored high on the Fundamentalism scale tended to be more punitive than individuals who scored high on the other religious scales. At the same time those who scored high on the Quest scale tended to be less punitive.

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© Maura L. Gomez

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