ERIC Number: ED368619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes of Prairie Bible College Students toward Human Genetic Manipulation. A Survey and Comparative Study.
Jordahl, Ron, Ed.
This document reports a survey instituted to compare the attitudes of students at a Christian college (Prairie Bible College) in Alberta, Canada with those of college students in general concerning the possible use of genetic manipulation. Comparison was made with the findings of a 1990 study by Geremia Veglia, et al., "Public Attitudes toward Human Genetic Manipulation: A Revitalization or Eugenics?" (ED 327 408). The survey was divided into three parts: (1) one measuring the response and acceptance of genetic engineering; (2) the second measuring the response and attitudes toward negative eugenics; and (3) one seeing what, if any, social opinions could influence or rationalize their participation in genetic engineering. These parts of the survey employed the same questions as the study by Veglia. A fourth part was added to measure whether the academic program, length of Christian college study, age, sex, marital status, and parenting had any influence on opinions about genetic engineering. The students at Prairie Bible College, when asked if, as prospective parents they would welcome a program to correct genetic deficiencies, disagreed or strongly disagreed at a rate of 54 percent. Males were in opposition at a rate of 57.5 percent, and females at a rate of 51 percent. This was opposed to the original Veglia survey in which 74.1 per cent of respondents would welcome such a program. The paper concludes that the Christian convictions of the subjects made them much more opposed to genetic manipulation than college students in general. Openness to genetic engineering showed an inverse relationship to the amount of study completed at the Christian college. (DK)
Descriptors: Christianity, Church Related Colleges, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Genetic Engineering, Higher Education, Reproduction (Biology), Social Science Research, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Surveys
Prairie Bible College, Box 4000, Three Hills, Alberta, Canada TOM 2A0.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prairie Bible Coll., Three Hills (Alberta).