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"Directiveness" as a Predictor of Religious Attitudes
"Directiveness" as a Predictor of Religious Attitudes

Author(s): Agnieszka Turska-Kawa, Waldemar Wojtasik
Subject(s): Sociology, Sociology of Religion
Published by: Polskie Towarzystwo Socjologiczne
Keywords: directiveness; religious attitudes;Catholics; Directiveness Scale; Ray's scale

Summary/Abstract: This paper examines the relation between "directiveness" and levels of religiosity (conceptualized as the three dimensions of "closing-opening," "clericalization-secularization," and "dogmatism-permissiveness"). The model used has been empirically verified and is a consequence of previous studies proving that religiosity in itself generates both pro-social attitudes (especially in regard to an individual's own religious group) and attitudes of aggression toward "outgroups." Researchers have also demonstrated that religion can be a factor that inhibits actual aggression through values such as self-control of negative emotions or impulsive acts. This study finds that the model presented is statistically significant in terms of dimensions such as "closing-opening" and clericalization- secularization: higher directiveness makes it possible to predict higher "closing" and clericalization. This finding makes it possible to discuss directiveness as a foundation for real aggression and attitudes of discrimination against individuals or groups that pose a symbolic or real threat to the unity of the Roman Catholic community.

  • Issue Year: 198/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 189-201
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English