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Site Teaching Modules Bogardus' Social Distance Scale

Site Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individual Authors, September 2002.
"Fair use" encouraged.

This social distance scale was taken from http://garnet.acns.fsu.edu/~jreynold/bogardus.pdf, and is maintained there by John Reynolds, Ph.D., Florida State University.

Instructions: (These are Professor Reynolds' instructions.)

  1. Remember to give your first feeling reactions in every case.
  2. Give your reactions to each nationality as a group. Do not give your reactions to the best or the worst members that you have known, but think of the picture or stereotype that you have of the whole group.
  3. Put a cross in as many of the boxes as your feelings dictate.
BOGARDUS SCALE OF SOCIAL DISTANCE
How would you feel about having members of the following groups: Mexican
Vietnamese Nigerian
Homeless
1. As close kin by marriage . . .
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2. In my club as personal chums . . .
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3. On my street as neighbors . . .
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4. Working alongside me in my job . . .
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5. As citizens in my country . . .
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6. As visitors to my country . . .
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7. Id exclude them from my country . . .
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We added the category of homeless. Maybe you would like to alter the categories to see how your friends would react. Share your results with us.