Personality predictors of religious orientation among protestant, catholic, and non-religious college students

Geoffrey T. Hutchinson, Julie Patock-Peckham, Jee Won Cheong, Craig T. Nagoshi

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A total of 249 college students completed a questionnaire regarding their Religious Affiliation, Intrinsic/extrinsic Religiosity, Impulsiveness, Venturesomeness, Irrational Beliefs, Neuroticism, Depression, Obsession Proneness, Irrational Beliefs, and Positive and Negative stress. The subsample used included 214 students who indicated they were non-religious, Protestant, or Catholic. Religious affiliation was found to be a moderator of the correlations of religious ego-involvement, i.e. intrinsic religious motivation, with various personality variables. Intrinsic religiosity was found to be predictive of proneness to obsessive-compulsive cognitions/behaviors among Catholics, but not among non-religious and Protestant subjects. These results were discussed in terms of ego-involvement with the particular social norms espoused by different religious affiliations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-151
Number of pages7
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1998


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