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Examining The “Spill-Over” Effect Of Religiosity On Civic Involvement And Efficacy

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This chapter examines the association of religiosity with faith-based and secular forms of civic involvement. Additionally, it dissects how these domains of civic involvement combine with race and gender. The chapter then assesses the relationship of various forms of civic involvement with perceived efficacy of civil action. It shows that the associations of religiosity with civic involvement and efficacy are not a result of confounding with socio-economic status or race/gender. Religious beliefs and behaviors are associated with both faith-based and secular civic involvement, but the associations with faith-based involvement are much stronger. Religious behavior is more strongly related to all domains of civic involvement than is religious belief. Taken together, religious belief, behavior and organizational involvement are related to both social and political civic efficacy, but are more strongly related to social efficacy than political efficacy.

Keywords:civic involvement; political civic efficacy; religiosity; social efficacy; socio-economic status



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