Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Lonnie E. Duncan

Second Advisor

Dr. Joseph R. Morris

Third Advisor

Dr. Charles Warfield


Islam, religiosity, black, personality, gender, social class


There is a dearth of literature on Black Sunni Muslims in the field of psychology. More so, there is no literature specifically analyzing the influences upon Black 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 analyzed the influence of personality, gender and social class upon religiosity for Black Sunni Muslims. The following hypothesis was investigated: Personality, gender, and social class will affect religious attitudes and practices.

A canonical regression analysis using SPSS revealed that personality, gender and social class had significant influence upon religiosity for Black Sunni Muslims. Approximately 30.2% of the variance in religiosity is explained by personality, gender and social class. Limitations and implications for theory, practice, training and research are discussed.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access