Document Details

Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Socialization and Attitudes: Effects of Religion, Political Identification, and Class, 1972-2002
Author:   Melissa Mischelle Kimmel
College:   Liberal Arts
Degree Program:   Sociology, M.A.
Degree:   Master of Arts
Committee Director:   Martin Laubach
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   04/21/2006

This study analyzes the effects on culture wars attitudes of socialization into religion, political identification, and class on culture war type attitudes. Stepwise OLS and Logistic regression models were used to determine which of the three social institutions would have greatest impact on the attitudes: abortion for reasons beyond ones control, abortion for willful reasons, capital punishment, prayer in schools, interracial marriage, teaching sex education in schools, homosexuality, premarital sex and extramarital sex. The findings support the theory that religion is the primary social institution involved in the development of culture war attitudes.  

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