Human rights attitude and civic engagement behavior among university students
Cummings, Cristy E.
Shamrova, Daria P.
Macomber, Catherine A.
Woodward, Amanda Toler
Hughes, Anne K.
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Behavior Among University Students. J. Hum. Rights Soc. Work 5, 174–184 (2020)
Although civic engagement and human rights are critical values in social work education, few empirical studies have explored the association between civic engagement and human rights exposure and attitudes. This study aims to examine the relationship between the exposure to human rights information, human rights attitudes, normative beliefs, and civic engagement behaviors among university students. A total of 214 students at a public university in the Midwest of the United States responded to the study survey. Findings indicate that students with more exposure to human rights issues showed more civic engagement. This relationship between human rights exposure and civic engagement was mediated by students’ attitudes toward human rights, but not moderated by normative beliefs. In addition, students majoring in social work revealed higher civic engagement and more positive attitudes toward human rights issues than those in other disciplines.
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