The present study examined religiosity, aggression, and bias in the context of Terror Management Theory. Two hundred and thirty five participants from Introduction Psychology courses at California State University, Long Beach participated in the study. Intrinsic, extrinsic, and quest religiosity as well as religious fundamentalism were measured. Half of the participants were asked to write about their own mortality (mortality salience condition), whereas the other half were asked to write about dental pain (control condition). There was a significant interaction between mortality salience and extrinsic religiosity on aggression. As predicted, extrinsic religiosity significantly predicted more aggressive behavior for participants in the mortality salience but not for participants in the control condition. Implications for the impact of religiosity on aggressive behavior are discussed.
|Advisor:||Pederson, William C.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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