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Religion and Helping: Impact of Target Thinking Styles and Just-World Beliefs

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Previous research on religion and helping has left some questions unanswered. In the present study, participants expressed willingness to help groups of people in need (homeless people and illegal immigrants), and this after having been religiously versus non-religiously stimulated. The activation of religious context increased the willingness to help, but only the homeless. Orthodox religious people tended to consider the targets responsible for their problem, an association partially mediated by the belief in a just world for other. Symbolic thinking was associated with willingness for helping, an association partially mediated by the belief in ultimate justice. Results suggest a limited (target) and conditional (thinking style, just world beliefs) prosociality as a consequence of religion.

Affiliations: 1: Université catholique de Louvain, Department of psychology Place du Cardinal Mercier 10, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium;, Email: ipichon@univ.reunion.fr; 2: Université catholique de Louvain, Department of psychology Place du Cardinal Mercier 10, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium;, Email: Vassilis.Saroglou@psp.ucl.ac.be

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2009-04-01
2017-03-24

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