Personal and social components of the protestant ethic

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In an attempt to assess social group correlates of scores on the Mirels-Garrett Protestant Ethic scale, 219 American male and female students were administered the scale, together with items dealing with religious group affiliation, ethnic self-identification, political self-identification, socioeconomic status, and religious beliefs. Results showed that for the American students, Protestant Ethic scores were related significantly to religious self-identification, ethnic background, political self-identification, and religious beliefs. They were not related to socioeconomic status. Results are interpreted as indicating that for the American student sample Protestant Ethic scores are not a “personality variable” but reflect social and cultural background elements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-267
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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