Senior Honors Theses

School

School of Behavioral Sciences

Major

Psychology

Keywords

prejudice, discrimination, harassment, unfair treatment, Christian university

Abstract

Prejudice is a powerful and invasive social phenomenon that can produce discrimination, harassment, and unfair treatment. Due to the religious affiliation of a private Christian institution, the student body was of interest to examine the experiences of prejudice encountered while attending the school. The constructs of unfair treatment, discrimination, and harassment were examined through a survey taken by 183 participants. Statistical tests were run to expose which social group was associated with a larger number of reported incidences of prejudicial actions. Results indicated that gender and age were associated with increased experiences of discrimination and unfair treatment. Findings fell in line with current research on the relationship between the faith professed by the student body and reported acts of prejudice.

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