Self-Regulation and Religiosity
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Psychology Honors Theses; 2007
This study investigates whether intrinsically religious participants have a greater amount of self-regulatory resources compared to participants low in religiosity. This research also tests the hypothesis that intrinsically religious participants exert greater effort to self-regulate when they complete a task that is related to religiosity, a domain of their contingent self-worth. All participants first performed a Stroop test, followed by another self-regulatory task that involved trying to solve unsolvable anagrams. Half of the participants were told that the second (anagram) task could indirectly measure religious commitment. This study did not find evidence that intrinsically religious participants have a greater amount of self-regulatory resources, compared to nonreligious participants. However, results indicated that male, but not female, intrinsically religious participants tended to exert more self-regulation when they were told that the second task was related to religiosity than when the second task was not related to religiosity. This finding lends partial support to the idea that people (at least intrinsically religious males) may exert greater self-control in areas of contingent self-worth. This study furthers self-regulatory research by suggesting that males and females may exert differing amounts of self-control when they perform in areas that are important sources of self-esteem.
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