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Dimensions of Individual Religiosity and Charity: Cross-National Effect Differences in European Countries?

Jan Reitsma, Peer Scheepers and Manfred Te Grotenhuis
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 47, No. 4 (Jun., 2006), pp. 347-362
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20058103
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

The relation between religiosity and donations to charity has frequently been subject of research. We analyzed effects of dimensions of individual religiosity (Glock and Stark 1966) on people's intention to donate to the poorest countries. We tested for cross-national effect differences in representative samples of seven European countries. Results turned out to be relatively robust across countries. We found that church attendance, dogmatic conviction and a consequential religious attitude affect intentional donations positively. The religiosity of one's network does have an additional effect. Partner's church attendance is positively related to willingness to donate. However, people with mainly friends with the same religious opinions are less willing to donate.

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