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Title:Examining religious and spiritual predictors of poverty attributions
Author(s):Boeh, Brett Ashley
Advisor(s):Todd, Nathan R.
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):religious, spiritual, poverty, poverty attributions, poor
Abstract:In this study, we investigated how religion and spirituality were associated with internal or external attributions for the causes of poverty. Such attributions are important as they may shape the types of policies and interventions that individuals support to alleviate poverty. Across two studies with samples of Christian students from a Catholic university in the Midwest (Study 1: n = 245) and a large Midwestern university (Study 2: n = 791), multiple regression analyses revealed that religious variables including religious attendance, religious conservatism, and literal interpretation of sacred text predicted internal poverty attributions whereas a spirituality variable, universality, predicted external poverty attributions. These findings were present while controlling for demographic variables, political conservatism, and the Protestant work ethic and were consistent across Study 1 and Study 2. Overall, this shows the unique ability of religious and spiritual variables to predict these different types of poverty attributions. Limitations and directions for future research and working with religious and spiritual communities are discussed.
Issue Date:2018-04-06
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Brett Boeh
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-09-04
Date Deposited:2018-05

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