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Religious Participation, Religious Motivation and Individual Psychosocial Competence

Kenneth I. Pargament, Robert E. Steele and Forrest B. Tyler
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 18, No. 4 (Dec., 1979), pp. 412-419
DOI: 10.2307/1386365
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1386365
Page Count: 8
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Religious Participation, Religious Motivation and Individual Psychosocial Competence
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Abstract

One hundred thirty-three Protestant, Jewish and Roman Catholic church and synagogue members from twelve congregations completed a battery of religiosity and psychosocial competence scales. The dimensions of religiosity and psychosocial competence were significantly related. Attendance at religious services was associated with sets of psychosocial benefits and tradeoffs. Intrinsic religiously motivated members, in general, manifested more favorable competence attributes than less intrinsically motivated members. The interactions between the dimensions of religiosity were also meaningful for the psychosocial competence of the member. Variations in participation and motivation had similar psychosocial meaning for Protestants, Jews and Catholics. These results point to the important implications of religiosity for the full range of human functioning, a range which includes strengths and resources as well as deficits.

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