NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED081567
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Church and Prejudice: An Examination of White Clergymen's Attitudes Towards Blacks in the Deep South.
Cunningham, Orville R.; And Others
Methodist ministers in a Deep South State were compared by rural-urban residence for prejudicial attitudes towards Blacks. Previous findings indicated that area of residence was a factor in determining civil rights attitudes. Therefore, it was expected that ministers serving southern rural congregations were more prejudiced than their urban counterparts. In addition, other factors such as age, level of education (seminary-nonseminary training), and religious fundamentalism were assessed as variables. Data were collected by questionnaires employing fixed alternative response items. The sample consisted of 118 white, male ministers attending the Mississippi Methodist Annual Conference in 1969. Scaleogram analysis was used to construct 6-item indexes measuring prejudice and religious fundamentalism. These and the remaining independent variables (residence, age, and education) were dichotomized. The analysis revealed that the best predictor of prejudice was education, followed by fundamentalism, residence, and age. Suggestions for further research were offered. (Author/KM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A