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Religious fundamentalism between traits and values

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  • Leonardo Carlucci, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, G. d'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
  • Armin W. Geertz
  • Laura Picconi, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, G. d'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
  • Michela Balsamo, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, G. d'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Introduction:
Religious fundamentalism is a complex religious phenomenon that involves cultural and social domains. Like values, it would potentially provide a
description of how human beings should be. Nevertheless, extensive research has focused on the association between traits and fundamentalism,
while the link with values has so far been neglected.
Methods:
We examined how traits and values might predict religious fundamentalism in a sample of 250 Italian Catholics (57.5% females).
Results:
Results partially confirmed the significant positive correlation between neuroticism and consciousness traits and religious fundamentalism, and
highlighted the strong positive association with openness to change/conservative dimension value. In addition, when the overlap between traits and
values was controlled for, hierarchical regression showed that values predicted fundamentalism better than traits.
Conclusion:
These findings could support the hypothesis that religious fundamentalism can be conceptualized as a motivational-goal attitude trait more than an
enduring disposition.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Open Psychology Journal
Volume14
Pages (from-to)24-32
Number of pages9
ISSN1874-3501
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Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

    Research areas

  • religious fundamentalism, values, traits, personality, openness, disposition

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