Religion and Attitudes toward Abortion: A Study of Nurses and Social Workers

Rates of approval of abortion by liberal and conservative Christian nurses and social workers in Tennessee are analyzed using survey data to investigate hypotheses suggested by Johnson's findings that support for the Republican Party rises with church attendance among conservative Protestants b...

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Published in:Journal for the scientific study of religion
Authors: Hertel, Bradley R. 1943- ; Grimm, James W. ; Hendershot, Gerry E.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Wiley-Blackwell [1974]
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In: Journal for the scientific study of religion
Year: 1974, Volume: 13, Issue: 1, Pages: 23-34
Further subjects:B Social Work
B Conservatism
B Nurses
B Psychological attitudes
B Protestantism
B Church Attendance
B Prestige
B Abortion
B Liberalism
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Summary:Rates of approval of abortion by liberal and conservative Christian nurses and social workers in Tennessee are analyzed using survey data to investigate hypotheses suggested by Johnson's findings that support for the Republican Party rises with church attendance among conservative Protestants but declines with church attendance among liberals. Our findings suggest that (1) members of liberal Christian denominations are more likely than members of conservative denominations to approve of abortion but, contrary to our predictions, (2) among both conservatives and liberals, frequent church attenders are less likely to approve abortion. These patterns of association remain when other factors related to abortion are statistically controlled. Furthermore, religion is found to be the single most important predictor of attitudes toward abortion among the factors considered.
ISSN:1468-5906
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal for the scientific study of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.2307/1384798