ERIC Number: ED027511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Relationships Between Certain Background Factors of Young Adults and Their Expressed Attitudes Toward Selected Ethical Values.
Johnstone, William Milton
The relationship between background characteristics of young adults such as sex, marital status, parenthood, income level, age, educational background, occupational level, and church participation were studied as to their influence on the ethical values of marital fidelity, honesty, and goodwill. Of 400 young adults in 52 Protestant congregations in Western Pennsylvania, 175 responded to a personal data sheet and attitude inventory. Differences were found between single and married adults and sexes in respect to marital fidelity. Goodwill was higher among parents, with church participation having no influence on this value or on honesty. A significant difference existed among occupational groups concerning honesty, with college students having the lowest score. No significant differences were shown between the age groups, 19-27 years, and 28-36, in regard to any ethical values; between married young adults with children and those without, relative to marital fidelity and honesty; between the sexes, with references to honesty; between occupational groups, with respect to marital fidelity and goodwill; and between income level and educational background and attitudes toward all three ethical values. Findings of this study and of previous research indicate the complex nature of the field of ethics. (author/pt)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Attitudes, Churches, College Students, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Background, Employment Level, Income, Individual Characteristics, Marital Status, Moral Values, Parent Attitudes, Participation, Protestants, Sex Differences, Surveys, Young Adults
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Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis.