Masters Thesis

Anxiety, open-mindedness, and religious orientation.

Measures of religious orientation, open-mindedness, manifest anxiety and trait anxiety were obtained using 124 Ss_ attending Pacific College and California State University, Fresno. The independent variables were sex, school attended and academic class level. T-tests, an analysis of variance, Pearson product- moment correlations and point biserial correlation were used to analyze data. Ss_ affirming the virgin birth of Jesus (question 3, Religious Inventory) scored signifi- cantly lower on open-mindedness than Ss not affirming it. Point biserial correlation also indicated significant corre- lation on this question. Females were significantly more open-minded than males. Three groups indicated a significantly higher percentage of religious affirmation than their counter- parts; females over males, Pacific College Ss_ over CSUF Ss, and lower division Ss over upper division Ss. Analysis of variance showed a significant three—way interaction among the three independent variables for the trait scale 01 the State-trait Anxiety Inventory. The Pearson product moment correlation matrix showed low correlation between the Religious Inventory and the scales used. One of the nine hypotheses was confirmed, another was partially confirmed. Overall scores showed Ss to be very open-minded, to have an average score on anxiety and to show a high degree of religious affirmation.