ERIC Number: EJ825190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
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Religion, Self-Regulation, and Self-Control: Associations, Explanations, and Implications
McCullough, Michael E.; Willoughby, Brian L. B.
Psychological Bulletin, v135 n1 p69-93 Jan 2009
Many of the links of religiousness with health, well-being, and social behavior may be due to religion's influences on self-control or self-regulation. Using Carver and Scheier's (1998) theory of self-regulation as a framework for organizing the empirical research, the authors review evidence relevant to 6 propositions: (a) that religion can promote self-control; (b) that religion influences how goals are selected, pursued, and organized; (c) that religion facilitates self-monitoring; (d) that religion fosters the development of self-regulatory strength; (e) that religion prescribes and fosters proficiency in a suite of self-regulatory behaviors; and (f) that some of religion's influences on health, well-being, and social behavior may result from religion's influences on self-control and self-regulation. The authors conclude with suggestions for future research.
Descriptors: Social Behavior, Religion, Self Control, Well Being, Health, Self Management, Theories, Guidelines, Metacognition, Goal Orientation, Religious Factors
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