Social group and moral orientation factors as mediators of religiosity and multiple attitude targets

Mavor, Kenneth I. and Gallois, Cindy (2008) Social group and moral orientation factors as mediators of religiosity and multiple attitude targets. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 47 3: 361-377. doi:10.1111/j.1468-5906.2008.00415.x


Author Mavor, Kenneth I.
Gallois, Cindy
Title Social group and moral orientation factors as mediators of religiosity and multiple attitude targets
Journal name Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-8294
1468-5906
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-5906.2008.00415.x
Volume 47
Issue 3
Start page 361
End page 377
Total pages 17
Editor R. H. Williams
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
170113 Social and Community Psychology
Abstract Although there is a tradition of examining generalized discrimination against multiple targets, recent studies have tended to consider race and homosexuality as separate targets without considering their relationship with each other. Recent studies have also argued for a moral dimension in attitudes to homosexuality, but this has not yet been explicitly modeled as an explanation for patterns of social attitudes. In a questionnaire study of practicing Australian Christians (N= 143), we examined the relationship of religious orientation and ideology (intrinsic, extrinsic, fundamentalism, orthodoxy, and quest) with four attitude targets (Aboriginal Australians, women, homosexual persons, and abortion). Using structural equation modeling (SEM), we develop a two-factor model, incorporating group and moral orientation factors, which completely mediates the relationships between the religiosity variables and the social attitudes. Religiosity variables exhibit different patterns of correlation with the two factors. The two-factor model provides a useful framework for further exploration of socially and politically contested attitudes.
Keyword social moral mediators
religiosity
attitude targets
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Publications
2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
 
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