Attitudes towards Muslims : initial scale development

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dc.contributor.advisor Bowman, Sharon L., 1960- en_US Altareb, Belkeis Y. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:22:32Z 2011-06-03T19:22:32Z 1997 en_US 1997
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 1997 .A45 en_US
dc.description.abstract This investigation examined attitudes towards Middle-Eastern Muslims held by non-Muslim undergraduate students and was conducted in three phases. Phase one explored these attitudes through focus groups and found that although participants had little information about Muslims, they had definite attitudes. Focus group participants reported that Muslim men and women possessed particular characteristics and that much of their information was learned through movies and/or media sources. During phase two of the study, all measures utilized in the present study were examined for reliability of at least .70. In addition, the ATMS was developed from a review of the literature and of focus groups. All measures were shown to be reliable except the cognitive complexity measure. During phase three, factor analyses were conducted to address the validity of the ATMS. A final five-factor, 25-item scale resulted. The five factors were interpreted as Positive Feelings about Muslims, Muslims as Separate or Other, Lack of Personal Choice/Freedom, Fear of Muslims, and Dissimilarity with Muslims. Correlation analyses supported initial evidence of construct validity. A discussion of the results and its implications are provided. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services
dc.format.extent ix, 191 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Muslims. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Discrimination -- United States -- Religious aspects. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Religious tolerance -- United States. en_US
dc.title Attitudes towards Muslims : initial scale development en_US Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
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