Date of Award

2013

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Behavioral Sciences

First Advisor

Herbert W. Helm, Jr.

Abstract

This research focuses on how one's cultural identity relates to their attitudes towards those in poverty and what they attribute to be the causes of poverty. Correlation and difference tests were run on data collected from questionnaires completed by a convenient sample. Beliefs about poverty and patterns of attitudes demonstrated in various culture groups were analyzed. The hypothesis that cultural identity relates to attributions and attitudes toward poverty based on learned cultural attitudes was partially supported. Significant differences were found between different cultural identity groups for both attributions and attitudes.

Subject Area

Poverty$vCross-cultural studies., Group identity.

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