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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Predicting Sexism: Self-Efficacy and Self-Esteem Among Christian Women and Men
by Benquechea, Nicole Roxanne, M.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 2020, 52; 27963212
Abstract (Summary)

My thesis project examines if religiosity is linked to sexism through attitudes toward women. In the United States, 75-78% of adults identify as Christian, and over 90% of adults report belief in a single deity as a higher power (Gallup, 2015). Understanding religious beliefs may explain how men and women feel about their own well-being and self-esteem. This study will be guided using the Social Identity Theory to see which social groups individual’s self-esteem stems from in their lives. Adult participants are recruited from Amazon Mechanical Turk. Participants complete multiple self-report measures, including religiosity, sexist attitudes, and indicators of psychological well-being including self-esteem (positive feelings about the self) and self-efficacy (feelings of competence). I hypothesize that for men, religiosity and sexism will be linked with negative self-outcomes (e.g., high self-esteem, high self-efficacy. For women, religiosity and endorsement of sexism will be linked with negative self-outcomes, except for highly identified Christian women.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Riggio, Heidi
Commitee: Frenda, Steven, Kennison, Robert
School: California State University, Los Angeles
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Social psychology, Gender studies, Religion
Keywords: Sexism, Christian, Self-efficacy, Self-esteem
Publication Number: 27963212
ISBN: 9798662500419
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