Examining Responses To Theological Affiliation And Disaffiliation: Boundary Conditions And Causal Processes

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Title: Examining Responses To Theological Affiliation And Disaffiliation: Boundary Conditions And Causal Processes
Author: Barden, Melisa A.
Abstract: The current study was aimed at examining responses toward theological affiliation and disaffiliation for believers in God and non -believers in God . The current study compared the reactions toward each of four possible classifications of the target group member by manipulating the target's past and present theological belief status : ingroup member , joiner , defector , or outgroup member . The sample included 268 undergraduates (believers in God [n = 150] ; non -believers in God [n = 118] ) at a public university in the southern US . Participants believed another person was also participating in the study and rated the target individual on a variety of overt and covert dependent measures . A main effect for present status was found such that the outgroup members were rated significantly less positively than the ingroup members . This effect was moderated by Ingroup Identification . Group Image Validation and Expectancy Violation served as mediators for the believers in God but not for the non -believers in God . The mediation model was moderated by ingroup identification . Theoretical implications are discussed .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /5127
Date: 2010-11-01

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Examining Responses To Theological Affiliation And Disaffiliation: Boundary Conditions And Causal Processes. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /5127 .

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