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Doctoral Dissertation Announcement
Candidate: Halim Naeem
Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Title: Personality and Religiosity: The Influence of Normative Personality on Black Sunni Muslims’ Religious Attitudes and Practices
Dr. Lonnie E. Duncan, Chair
Dr. Joseph Morris
Dr. Charles Warfield
Date: Thursday, August 9, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
3208 Sangren Hall
There is a dearth of literature on African American Sunni Muslims in the field of psychology. More so, there is no literature specifically analyzing the influences upon African American religiosity. The literature has established that personality has significant influence upon religiosity. The literature also says that females are more religious than their male counterparts. The present study analyzes the influence of personality, gender and social class upon religiosity for African American Sunni Muslims. The following hypothesis is investigated: Personality, gender, and social class will affect religious attitudes and practices.
A canonical regression analysis using SPSS reveals that personality, gender and social class has significant influence upon religiosity for African American Sunni Muslims. Approximately 30.2% of the variance in religiosity is explained by personality, gender and social class. Limitations and implications for theory, practice and research are discussed.