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

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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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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. (doi:10.1177/1948550612469819).

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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


Local EPrints ID: 356074
ISSN: 1948-5506
PURE UUID: 77c8ee2c-b9c0-48a2-99be-5526332e1e18

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Date deposited: 22 Aug 2013 15:55
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 03:41

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Author: J.E. Gebauer
Author: A.D. Nehrlich
Author: C. Sedikides
Author: W. Neberich

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