Protestant ethic endorsement and attitudes toward commuting to work among mass transit riders

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273 suburban adult commuters completed a survey assessing attitudes toward commuting to and from work by train, behavior while commuting, and endorsement of the Protestant work ethic. It was found that Protestant ethic endorsement was positively correlated with perceiving the commute as being part of the work day, engaging in work-related behavior while in transit, and a stronger preference for working than for commuting. However, endorsement of the Protestant ethic was uncorrelated with the frequency with which respondents' jobs provided them with differential opportunities to actually do work while commuting. Findings suggest that work values can account for behavior and attitudes that extend beyond the work place. (13 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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