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The Impact of Devotionalism and Attendance on Ordinary and Emergency Helping Behavior
L. D. Nelson and Russell R. Dynes
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 15, No. 1 (Mar., 1976), pp. 47-59
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1384313
Page Count: 13
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In this study a theoretical model is presented which highlights the reinforcing potential of religious reality construction and the mobilizing potential of formal religious organizations. It is hypothesized that rates of devotionalism (a measure of the intensity of religious organizational participation) are positively related to the performance of helping behavior. A qualification by type of helping behavior (emergency or ordinary) is presented. Sequential stepwise multiple regression analysis indicated that devotionalism was a predictor of three of the four types of ordinary helping behavior examined while church attendance consistently predicted emergency helping behavior. The introduction of a subjective religiosity measure did not increase the R2. The effect of church attendance on emergency helping behavior is found to be primarily through churches' provision of organizational means for participation. Implications of the findings for the exchange-reinforcement perspective are discussed.
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