Date of Award

5-1-1997

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Professor Hattie M. Mitchell, M. S.W./C.S.W

Abstract

The overall objective of this study was to examine African-American and Caucasian female social work students' attitudes toward legal and moral abortion, toward family, sex, gender-role issues, and their interactions. To attain this objective, the following areas on Afiican-American and Caucasian female social work students were addressed by the researcher: (a) their support oflegal abortion, (b) their moral approval of abortion, and (c) their attitudes toward family, sex, and gender-role issues. An exploratory descriptive research design was used in the study. A self administered questiormaire was given to 30 female social work students: 24 students of Clark Atlanta University and 6 of Georgia State University.

Out of eight hypotheses, one on racial difference on legal support of abortion found that Afiican-Americans were less supportive oflegal abortion than Caucasians. Hypothesis on racial difference on moral approval of abortion found that Afiican-Americans were less supportive than Caucasians. Hypothesis on relation between legal support and moral approval of abortion found that there was a correlation between them, but the relation was stronger for African-American Hypothesis on family, sex, gender-role attitudes found that there was difference on those attitudes between African-American and Caucasian Hypothesis on correlation between family, sex, gender-role attitudes and legal and moral approval of abortion found that African-American's attitudes toward abortion were related to family and sex issues, while Caucasian's attitudes toward abortion were related to gender-role issues.

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