Date of Award

6-1969

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Abstract

This study was a preliminary endeavor concerned with an investigation of self-esteem difference between fundamental religious groups and other religious groups in the Pitts-burg, Kansas area for the year 1969.

On the basis of religious doctrines 161 volunteer church members were divided into two religious groups: fundamental religious groups and other religious groups. Of the 161 volunteers, 85 church members were classified as members of other religious groups and 76 church members were classified as members of fundamental religious groups. After numbering subjects in each classification, thirty subjects were chosen from each classification by the use of a table of random numbers. The randomly chosen subjects were administered Maslow's (1952) Security-Insecurity Inventory.

Self-esteem was operationally defined by the use of Maslow's (1952) Security-Insecurity Inventory (SII). Low scores on the SII indicated high self-esteem. High scores on the SII indicated low self-esteem.

A significant difference in self-esteem was found at the .05 Level of Confidence between the two religious groups. The other religious groups SII mean was significantly lower than the fundamental religious groups SII mean, thus, on the basis of SII scores, the other religious groups

self-esteem was significantly higher than the fundamental religious groups self-esteem.

Because of possible sampling biases, it was suggested that generalizations based on the results of this study, are severely restricted.

Comments

iv, 40 leaves ; 28 cm. Bibliography: leaves 39-40. Appendix IV, The S-I inventory / A.H. Maslow (c1952) is paged as one leaf, though it contains four pages.

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