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The psychological benefits of income are contingent on individual-level and culture-level religiosity

The psychological benefits of income are contingent on individual-level and culture-level religiosity
The psychological benefits of income are contingent on individual-level and culture-level religiosity
Higher income is related to better psychological adjustment. We propose that religiosity attenuates this relation. First, in comforting the poor, religious teachings de-emphasize the importance of money, which would buffer low-income's psychological harms (religiosity as poverty buffer account). Second, religious teachings convey antiwealth norms, which would reduce income's psychological benefits (religiosity as antiwealth norms account). A study involving 187,957 respondents from 11 religiously diverse cultures showed that individual-level, as well as culture-level, religiosity weakens the relation between personal income and psychological adjustment in accordance with the religiosity as antiwealth norms account. Performance self-esteem mediated this relation. Religiosity's moderating effects were so pervasive that religious individuals in religious cultures reported better psychological adjustment when their income was low than high.
religiosity, culture, income, self-esteem, psychological, adjustment
1948-5506
569-578
Gebauer, J.E.
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Nehrlich, A.D.
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Gebauer, J.E., Nehrlich, A.D., Sedikides, C. and Neberich, W. (2013) The psychological benefits of income are contingent on individual-level and culture-level religiosity Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, (5), pp. 569-578.

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Higher income is related to better psychological adjustment. We propose that religiosity attenuates this relation. First, in comforting the poor, religious teachings de-emphasize the importance of money, which would buffer low-income's psychological harms (religiosity as poverty buffer account). Second, religious teachings convey antiwealth norms, which would reduce income's psychological benefits (religiosity as antiwealth norms account). A study involving 187,957 respondents from 11 religiously diverse cultures showed that individual-level, as well as culture-level, religiosity weakens the relation between personal income and psychological adjustment in accordance with the religiosity as antiwealth norms account. Performance self-esteem mediated this relation. Religiosity's moderating effects were so pervasive that religious individuals in religious cultures reported better psychological adjustment when their income was low than high.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 20 December 2012
Published date: 6 August 2013
Keywords: religiosity, culture, income, self-esteem, psychological, adjustment
Organisations: Psychology

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/356074
ISSN: 1948-5506
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Author: J.E. Gebauer
Author: A.D. Nehrlich
Author: C. Sedikides
Author: W. Neberich

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