Thesis - Open Access
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Sociology and Rural Studies
Very little research has been conducted in South Dakota on the subject of prejudice and discrimination. This research not only attempts to address this lack of research, but it also attempts to assess the functions that prejudicial attitudes may serve as well as to provide further insight into the explanatory power of divergent theoretical perspectives (psychological and sociological). In order to fill this gap in regional research, a questionnaire was administered to a sample of college freshman attending one of the state colleges in South Dakota. Results of the survey indicated that those sampled were neither unprejudiced nor highly prejudiced, but instead the sample revealed a "moderate" degree of prejudice. It was also discovered that this prejudice is distributed fairly evenly across the state and that the revealed prejudice stems primarily from learned and situational factors rather than from externalization (authoritarianism). In addition, this research supported the contention that there is a basic consistency between attitudes and behavior, albeit an imperfect one. It also supported the research that reports that the prejudice-discrimination relationship is affected by intimacy of contact but did not support the research reporting that conformity proneness was an important influence on attitudes or discrimination.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Prejudices -- South Dakota
Discrimination -- South Dakota
College students -- South Dakota -- Attitudes
Indians of North America -- South Dakota - Public opinion
South Dakota -- race relations
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Peterson, Dan, "A Study of the Relative Contribution of Selected Sociocultural and Personality Variables to the Explanation of Prejudice and Discrimination in South Dakota" (1987). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4471.