Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Polygamy, LDS church, child wellbeing, public opinion
Perceptions of the wellbeing of children in polygamous families and attitudes toward polygamy in general were examined in this study, with comparisons between individuals who have a history of membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) and individuals who have never been members of the LDS church. No significant differences were found between members and non-members. Comparisons were also made between current and past members of the LDS church, resulting in only one significant difference: support/opposition for the legalization of polygamy. These results suggest that having a recent religious history of practicing polygamy does not necessarily result in significant changes in opinions and attitudes about polygamy. In general, questionnaire responses were also indicative of potential stigma and stereotyping that may be faced by polygamous families during interactions with non-polygamous communities.
Lyon, McCall Bowcut, "Perceptions of Child Wellbeing and Attitudes Towards Polygamy Between Members and Non-Members of the LDS Church" (2015). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 14.