The article begins:
According to a recent survey, 74 percent of the Loyola student body say cheating on an exam or term paper is always wrong, while only 15 percent condemn premarital sex. Sixty-two percent of the students surveyed approve a nuclear weapons freeze, while only 28 percent support abolishing capital punishment. These and other enlightening statistics come from a survey of Loyola undergraduates’ moral and social values distributed last spring.
Reportedly the first survey of it’s kind of Loyola, Fr. Fichter examined Loyola students’ attitudes on a variety of subjects, and how these attitudes may change over the course of their college careers. The results of the survey were published in 1984 as Loyola Students and Their Values.
The Maroon noted:
Fichter’s report on the survey offers an interesting analysis. He notes that freshmen are much more likely to reflect Loyola’s promoted moral and social values than seniors. This is to be expected as seniors become more independent and critical in their thinking, for traditionally a loss of idealism accompanies a loss of youth, according to Fichter.
Also noted is that Loyola’s statistics reinforce research which shows women to be more socially sensitive and willing to express religious beliefs than men are.
Fichter also points out that students in Catholic universities have been affected by changes in the Roman Catholic Church in the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council.
“In the area of religion and spirituality among Catholics we have seen a decline in idealism, a loss of self-confidence, an erosion of authority, and a growth in permissiveness that seems unrelated to traditional ethical principles,” Fichter said.
If you would like to learn more about Fr. Fichter’s work, his many published works are available in he library, including Loyola Students and Their Values, The rehabilitation of clergy alcoholics : ardent spirits subdued and Who gets arrested in New Orleans? A research study of police arrests in 1962. In addition, Fr. Fichter’s papers are held in Special Collections and Archives and are publicly available for research.
Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.