ERIC Number: ED311331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
University Student Attitudes toward Arabs: Implications for Programmatic Intervention. Research Report #6-89.
Sergent, Marie T.; And Others
Although several different definitions of prejudice, discrimination, and racism have been proposed, there is a general consensus about the essential meaning of these concepts. Previous research has indicated that the attitudes people in the United States have toward Arabs are derived from ignorance of the Arab culture. This study measured current college student attitudes toward Arabs. The Situational Attitudes Scale-Arab (SAS-Arab) version was administered to a random sample of university freshmen (N=112) at fall orientation. The SAS assesses attitudes and stereotypes directed toward a particular group using items describing various situational contexts. Data were analyzed using multivariate analysis of variance. The results indicated that students held more negative attitudes in response to situations involving an Arab individual than in response to identical situations involving a neutrally identified person. These negative attitudes and stereotypes toward Arabs have implications for the campus environment. By bringing research and programming affecting the lives of Arab students to the forefront, student affairs professionals can take the leadership that is necessary at many institutions to provide a multicultural and equitable educational environment for all students. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.