Accession Number : ADA457510


Title :   The Impact of Religiosity on Midshipman Adjustment and Feelings of Acceptance


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Krauz, Matthew B


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a457510.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2006


Pagination or Media Count : 83


Abstract : This thesis examines religiosity in the U.S. military and at the U.S. Naval Academy. More specifically, this qualitative study briefly explores whether belief in and practice of religion affects the overall adjustment and experience of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. Data were collected through focus groups with first and second class midshipmen (seniors and juniors, respectively) in the Classes of 2006 and 2007. Content coding revealed current issues of tolerance, acceptance, diversity, and understanding between midshipmen with differing religious beliefs and the in-group/out-group phenomenon that occurs between the religious majority and minority of the institution. Research into minority and diversity issues are compared to focus group data about minority versus majority religious groups and beliefs. Focus group respondents did not uncover or suggest any serious or egregious affronts to religious tolerance. However, there is anecdotal evidence that biases and prejudices remain especially with regard to atypical or unusual groups. Respondents spoke of racism, homophobia, and specifically, intolerance towards religious minorities. The message of tolerance has not penetrated some emotional reactions and there exists undertones of intolerance regarding certain diversity issues. Recommendations include individual and group counseling and development of a structured diversity and acceptance education curriculum.


Descriptors :   *RELIGION , *ACCEPTABILITY , *ADJUSTMENT(PSYCHOLOGY) , *RACIAL DISCRIMINATION , EDUCATION , NAVAL PERSONNEL , MINORITIES , COUNSELING , EMOTIONS , TOLERANCES(PHYSIOLOGY) , THESES , CODING , UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY , MESSAGE PROCESSING


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Psychology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE