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Religiosity and Deviance: Application of an Attitude-Behavior Contingent Consistency Model
Stan L. Albrecht, Bruce A. Chadwick and David S. Alcorn
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 16, No. 3 (Sep., 1977), pp. 263-274
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1385697
Page Count: 12
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Most investigators have concluded that religion is largely irrelevant to understanding deviance, but they have tended to rely on bivariate research models. Studies dealing with the problems of predicting behavior from measures of verbal attitudes suggest that religious attitudes must be combined with other social situational constraints for a better understanding of behavioral outcomes. Using data collected from Mormon teenagers in three western states, good prediction of deviance was obtained when religious indicators were combined with measures of peer and family relationships. Consistent with the expectations of Burkett and White (1974) religious variables were more strongly related to victimless than to victim deviance. Peer and family expectations were more important for victim deviance, especially for boys.
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