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ERIC Number: ED479165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Pages: 18
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Differences in Motivations between Fundamental Christians and Atheists on the Reiss Profile of Fundamental Goals and Motivational Sensitivities.
Beasley, Amy; Rowell, Kevin
A study examined differences in motivations between fundamental Christians and atheists on the Reiss Profile of Fundamental Goals and Motivational Sensitivities. Only five of the 15 areas measured by the Reiss Profile were used in the study. The hypothesis was that (within these areas: (1) independence, (2) power, (3) vengeance, (4) status, and (5) honor) the fundamental Christian group would show a greater desire for that of honor and a lower desire for independence, power, vengeance, and status. Participants (n=64: 45 fundamental Christian, 19 atheist), university students, were assessed on the Reiss Profile to examine the degree of desires and motivations of the two groups. A demographic questionnaire was given along with the Reiss Profile, to ensure that the study group included candidates belonging to either category. A logistic regression analysis was used to predict membership from the five subscales that were selected as predictors. The subscale honor was the greatest predictor of group membership, specifically those in the religious group scored significantly higher on honor than did the atheists. Results failed to indicate independence as a strong predictor of group membership. The other subscales did not show any statistical differences. The demographic questionnaire is appended. (Contains 11 references and 4 tables.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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