ERIC Number: ED285112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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The Relationship between Dogmatism, Orthodox Christian Beliefs, and Ethical Judgment.
Parker, Radha Janis
Professional ethics is becoming a topic of high interest for counselors and counselor educators. Dogmatism and orthodox Christian religious beliefs are two variables which may help to explain the relationship between a counselor's personal characteristics and his or her ethical orientation. This study examined these variables and their relationship to ethical decision making in master's level counselor education students (N=50). Subjects completed a demographic information data sheet and three measures: (1) the Rokeach Scale to measure dogmatism; (2) the Dimensions of Religious Commitment Scale to measure orthodox Christian beliefs; and (3) the Ethical Judgement Scale to measure ethical judgment. The results indicated a significant negative relationship between dogmatism and ethical judgment, suggesting that individuals who are highly dogmatic may have lower levels of ethical judgment than do their less dogmatic peers. A significant inverse relationship was found between orthodox Christian religious beliefs and ethical judgment, suggesting that individuals who hold orthodox Christian religious beliefs tend to have lower levels of ethical judgment than do individuals who do not hold such beliefs. Further analyses indicated that 12% of the variance in ethical judgment could be predicted to some extent based upon the counselor's level of dogmatism and religious convictions. The relationship between dogmatism, Christian beliefs, and ethical judgment in counselors warrants further investigation. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (New Orleans, LA, April 21-25, 1987).