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Title Predicting Religious Ethnocentrism of Christians Towards Non-Christians: Testing a More Comprehensive Model
Publication Date
Degree PhD
Discipline/Department Counseling Psychology
Degree Level doctoral
University/Publisher University of Akron
Abstract This study extended the current understanding of religious ethnocentrism (RE) towards non-Christians by testing a theoretically and empirically based model in which personality (i.e., right-wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation), social identity (i.e., Christian orthodoxy, religious group identification), and spiritual (i.e., spiritual transcendence, desecration) variables were related to attitudinal and affective manifestations of RE. Path analysis results based on a sample of 434 participants revealed support for most of the hypothesized relations. Attitudinal and affective RE were found to be related, yet distinct, constructs and possessed varying relationships with the predictor variables. Additionally, spiritual transcendence and desecration were found to be significant and unique predictors of both attitudinal and affective RE when included in a model with other personality and social identity predictors. More specifically, spiritual transcendence possessed a direct and indirect (via social dominance orientation) relationship with attitudinal RE. Desecration possessed a direct relationship and served as a mediator between right-wing authoritarianism and religious fundamentalism with both attitudinal and affective RE. Implications of the findings and directions for future research on religious ethnocentrism are discussed.
Subjects/Keywords Religion; Spirituality; Psychology; Social Psychology; Social Research; religious ethnocentrism, spiritual transcendence, desecration, prejudice, path analysis
Contributors Tokar, David (Advisor)
Language en
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Country of Publication us
Format application/pdf
Record ID oai:etd.ohiolink.edu:akron1436198354
Repository ohiolink
Date Indexed 2020-10-19
Grantor University of Akron

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