Factors Associated with Social Justice Beliefs among Undergraduate College Students
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The current study examined how college students’ social justice beliefs associate with levels of trait anxiety symptoms and religiosity. Secondary education differences were also analyzed. The sample consisted of 126 undergraduate college students from a private Christian university from the southern US. Participants completed a questionnaire that included the Social Justice Scale, the State-Trait Inventory for Cognitive and Somatic Anxiety, and the Intrinsic, Extrinsic, and Quest Religiosity Measures. Results suggested a significant positive relationship between social justice and intrinsic religiosity, and a negative relationship between religiosity and LGBT support. Additionally, significant differences on social justice between public and private schooled students were found. Post-hoc analyses also found significant relationships among other variables. Although most of these findings are consistent with previous literature, further studies should investigate factors associated with social justice beliefs in order to advance the field.