International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online)

What Determines Attitude Improvements? Does Religiosity Help?
Madhu S. Mohanty

Abstract
Following earlier theories and using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, a US longitudinal data set, the current study demonstrates that the attitude of an individual can change over time. The study then identifies the factors that contribute to improvement in attitude. Our results indicate that (1) any variable which makes an individual feel important improves his/her attitude, (2) determinants of attitude differ to some extent between adults and young-adults, and (3) religiosity of an individual does in fact affect his/her attitude positively. Based on these findings, the study recommends value education and behavioral training to accompany traditional schooling to promote an individual’s attitude and thereby promote his/her economic wellbeing.

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