Attitudes Towards Human Rights Essay

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There are several factors that can influence an individual’s attitude toward human rights. Some of these factors may include, but are not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, personal beliefs, and tolerance. There are three major categories that influence a person. These three major categories being genetics, environment, and choice. An individual’s environment has a huge impact on his or her attitudes toward the topic of human rights. It has such a large influence because our environment helps shape our minds into what they are as individuals age. Environment, along with genetics, combine to create the individual’s specific opinion or attitude in relation to human rights. In this literature review, I will be focusing on how religious and political …show more content…
It affects their outlook on life, as well as, their morals. Religion, for conservative groups, has been known to exhibit positive association with support for restricting human rights and liberties in general. Self-identifying conservative ideologies, like conservative religious beliefs, are likely to be positively associated with support of restrictions on rights (Mitchell, R. W., 2014). When given descriptive statistics for study measures, Religious views come out on top as being the biggest factor that correlates with human rights attitudes. However, when conducting pairwise correlations between different factors and attitudes toward human rights, religious views are the second highest factor that correlates with attitudes toward human rights the most (Diaz-Veizades, J.,1995). In a general perspective, individuals who rated themselves as being conservative in religious views, tended to support the restrictions on human rights. In a conducted research study where different variables were being tested to see which correlated with attitudes toward human rights the most, based on sex, religious views were seen to correlate more with attitudes toward human rights in women more than men (Crowson, M.,2008). In other words, females tended to let their religious views affect their attitudes towards human rights more than males. In the conduction of studies, conservative religious views have consistently been seen to have a positive …show more content…
An individual’s stance in terms of political party can reflect on many of their beliefs, morals, and values. Political views have been known to influence an individual’s attitude toward many subjects, one of these subjects being attitudes toward human rights. However, studies have also been found that there are no significant differences in political party affiliation and the equality subscale (Diaz-Veizades, J., 1995). Many studies have hypothesized that right-wing political ideology would emerge for individuals who are high on religiosity as well. It is seen that right-wing political ideology were more particularly opposed to human rights (Moghaddam, F. M., 1990). In terms of human rights and interracial marriage, it is found that liberals are more likely to be comfortable with the idea of it. Conservative ideologies were more likely to be less comfortable with the idea of interracial marriage. However, parents were more worried about their child staying within the same religion as them, which led them to be less comfortable with interracial marriage (Perry, S. L. 2012). Political views have almost always been found to play the second or first most influential part towards attitudes of human rights. In a study based on the differentiations between men and women, males were found to let their political views influence their attitudes toward human rights more than females

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