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ERIC Number: ED313647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Pages: 9
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Dependency and Self-Esteem in Relation to the Degree of Religiosity in Three Religious Groups in India.
Shukla, A. P.; Prakash, Jai
Religion has played a dominant role in the lives of people all over the world. It is a widespread and significant social force in human societies. This study examined the degree of religiosity among Muslims, Christians, and Hindus and its effects on dependency and self-esteem. Subjects (N=300) were college students divided evenly among each of the three religions and matched in age, sex, education, and socioeconomic status. A standardized religiosity scale and Rohner's Personality Assessment Questionnaire were used. Analysis of results showed that Muslims tended to have a higher degree of religiosity, followed by Christians, and with Hindus rating lowest on religiosity. Highly religious groups of Muslims and Hindus showed more dependency than their less religious counterparts. Self-esteem was lower among highly religious Hindus, while higher among Christians of high religiosity. Among Muslims, high and low religiosity groups did not reflect any significant differences. The high degree of religiosity among Muslims may be related to their minority status and feeling of insecurity as well as to the nature and the function of their religion combined with the dogmatism or rigidity with which they follow their religious pratices in routine life. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: India