Political and Religious Beliefs as Personality Predictors for Mexican American College Students

By Blake Armstrong.

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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Approximately seven hundred Mexican American college students in south Texas were surveyed via an anonymous questionnaire to determine the following: 1) views regarding religion, the paranormal, and science, and 2) whether they view themselves as politically conservative versus politically liberal. A second questionnaire (the BFI-44) was utilized to evaluate personality traits (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism). It was hypothesized, and the results verified, that political attitudes, religiosity, and views toward science among Mexican American college students relate to several personality traits.

Keywords: Personality, Big Five, Religion, Paranormal, Liberal, Conservative

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 11, Issue 4, October 2014, pp.33-45. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 31, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 317.788KB)).

Dr. Blake Armstrong

Associate Professor of Psychology, Social Sciences Department, Division of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, South Texas College, Weslaco, Texas, USA