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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)


Sociology and Rural Studies


Equal access to social privileges for all men is a right that has been overtly defended in America, but a right which has not always been fully maintained in practice. Ethnicity has provided obstacles to harmonious intergroup relations when associated with prejudice. The church and the school have been expected to take the lead in combating intolerance, but investigations of the role of religiosity among prejudiced and tolerant subjects have raised a question as to the effectives of religious training. If the use made of religious belief is determined by the individual’s psychological needs, it may be that personality characteristics are the intervening variables which have clouded the picture of the association between religion and prejudice. Former studies have established relationships of religiosity, education, and personality with prejudice, although with varying results. The nature of these relationships, that is, whether direct or spurious, has not been probed, however, except through theoretical deduction. This study was designed to explore these relationships in a sample, stratified to provide a distribution for orthodoxy and participation, of church-attenders in this Midwestern community. The study has centered around these two problems: 1) What is the initial relationship of religiosity, education, and personality variables with prejudicial attitudes? 2) Which of these initial relationships remain significant when the effect of other related variables in controlled?

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Social distance


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South Dakota State University