Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date

Spring 2022


Sciences and Mathematics, College of


Psychological Science, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Anna Garr Ph.D

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


Individuals who abuse substances are often morally judged and disregarded in society. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between moral values and attitudes towards substance abuse. Participants were recruited from introductory to psychology courses at Belmont University and given a modified version of the Perceived Substance Abuse Scale and a scale to measure how they value certain domains of morality (harm, ingroup, purity, authority, reciprocity) using the Moral Foundations Questionnaire. We expect to find positive correlations between the harm, purity, ingroup, and authority domains of morality with negative attitudes towards substance abuse. We also expect there to be no significant correlation between the reciprocity domain of morality and substance abuse attitudes.