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The Altruism Trait: The Role of Religiousness.

Authors
  • Zarghi, Masoumeh1
  • Bolghan-Abadi, Mustafa2
  • 1 Department of Psychology, Neyshabur Branch, Islamic Azad University, Neyshabur, Iran. , (Iran)
  • 2 Young Researcher and Elite Club, Neyshabur Branch, Islamic Azad University, Neyshabur, Iran. [email protected] , (Iran)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Religion and Health
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2021
Volume
60
Issue
2
Pages
684–691
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10943-019-00900-z
PMID: 31463829
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the role of religiousness in predicting the altruism in students at Islamic Azad University of Neyshabur. The statistical population of this study included all students who studying at Islamic Azad University of Neyshabur in 2016-2017 academic years. Among them, 150 subjects were selected based on stratified sampling method upon humanities, science, engineering, physical education and medical fields. To collect the data, participants were administered Glock and Stark's religiousness scale (Religion and society in tension, Chicago, Rand McNally, Skokie, 1965) and Rushton, Chrisjohn and Fekken's altruism scale. The results indicated that the religiousness could predict the altruism. Regarding the findings of this study, religiosity is good predictor for altruistic behaviors in young adults. The results show that considering moral and spiritual issues can have a positive effect on altruism as a trait.

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