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Sin, Depression, and Narcissism
P. J. Watson, Ralph W. Hood, Jr., Shelly G. Foster and Ronald J. Morris
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 29, No. 3 (Mar., 1988), pp. 295-305
Published by: Religious Research Association, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3511226
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Measures of religious orientation, sin-related beliefs, depression, and narcissism were obtained for samples of students enrolled at a public state university (N=198) and at a private Pentecostal college (N=116). Intrinsic religiosity and associated sin-related beliefs were correlated with less depression and less narcissistic exploitiveness while extrinsic religiosity appeared as a largely maladjusted orientation. Partial correlational evidence yielded at least some support for the idea that sin-related beliefs exert specific positive influences beyond their association with an intrinsic religious commitment. In general, these data help clarify recent arguments concerning the effects of orthodox religious beliefs on self functioning; and more particularly, they present interpretative problems for any claims that sin-related beliefs necessarily promote an unhealthy development of the self.
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