A MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS OF RACIAL ATTITUDES: STRUCTURE, CONTENT, AND DETERMINANTS


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Abstract

Relationships were examined between attitude-behaviors of Black and White rehabilitation counselor trainees and selected predictor variables in 47 graduate training programs. Black and White trainees differed markedly on perceived racial differences. Geographic location and sex were predictive of positive racial attitudes; northern born and female being more positive. Political and religious preferences were not related to positive racial attitudes. The Guttman facet theory approach to attitude measurement was used, indicating the multidimensional nature of attitude-behaviors and supporting Guttman's definition of attitude as “a delimited totaity of behavior.” In general, attitudes at the action levels were related to an affective-value-contact dimension rather than a cognitive-knowledge one.

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