ERIC Number: ED114723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Racial and Religious Attitudes Among University Students. Research Report 8-73.
Lewis, Joan A.; Sedlacek, William E.
An anonymous religious poll and the Situational Attitude Scale (SAS) were administered to 168 white University of Maryland entering freshmen. The anonymous poll consisted of 29 items pertaining to religious activities, beliefs, and issues. The SAS is an instrument designed to measure attitudes of whites toward blacks in 10 situations. The results of the study indicate that the relationship between religious and racial attitudes depends on the situation involved as well as the type of religious beliefs and sex of the respondent. Those respondents who were active in the church and believed in God and life-after-death tended to show more tolerance toward a black person joining their social group and a black youngster stealing, but were more prejudiced against a black man raping a white woman. Those with more liberal attitudes toward abortion, marrying outside the faith and not engaging in war tended to be less prejudiced, while those holding more conservative beliefs on issues such as the above tended to be more prejudiced. The results were discussed in terms of previous research on racial and religious attitudes. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Cultural Study Center.