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How do perceptions of God as autonomy supportive or controlling relate to individuals' social-cognitive processing of religious contents? The role of motives for religious behavior

Bart Soenens UGent, Bart Neyrinck, Maarten Vansteenkiste UGent, Jessie Dezutter, Dirk Hutsebaut and Bart Duriez (2012) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION. 22(1). p.10-30
abstract
Using self-determination theory as a guiding framework, this study examined whether perceptions of God as autonomy supportive and controlling were related to individuals' belief in a transcendent reality and to their social-cognitive style of approaching religious contents (i.e., literal and rigid vs. symbolic and flexible). Further, we examined whether individuals' motives for religious behavior (i.e., autonomous vs. controlled) would mediate these associations. In a sample of 267 religiously active participants, we found that the two types of perceptions of God were positively related to belief in transcendence but were differentially related to a symbolic approach. Specifically, a perception of God as autonomy supportive related positively and a perception of God as controlling related negatively to a symbolic approach. Some evidence was obtained for a mediating role of motives for religious behavior in these associations. Discussion focuses on how self-determination theory can contribute to research on the psychology of religion.
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PERSPECTIVE, EXPLORATION, ADOLESCENTS, ORIENTATIONS, CONDITIONAL REGARD, ATTACHMENT, INTERNALIZATION, COMPENSATION, SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY, PERSONALITY
journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION
Int. J. Psychol. Relig.
volume
22
issue
1
pages
10 - 30
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000301843300002
JCR category
PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
JCR impact factor
0.769 (2012)
JCR rank
79/126 (2012)
JCR quartile
3 (2012)
ISSN
1050-8619
DOI
10.1080/10508619.2012.634781
language
English
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yes
classification
A1
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2125329
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2125329
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2012-05-31 15:08:41
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2015-06-17 10:03:48
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  author       = {Soenens, Bart and Neyrinck, Bart and Vansteenkiste, Maarten and Dezutter, Jessie and Hutsebaut, Dirk and Duriez, Bart},
  issn         = {1050-8619},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION},
  keyword      = {PERSPECTIVE,EXPLORATION,ADOLESCENTS,ORIENTATIONS,CONDITIONAL REGARD,ATTACHMENT,INTERNALIZATION,COMPENSATION,SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY,PERSONALITY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {10--30},
  title        = {How do perceptions of God as autonomy supportive or controlling relate to individuals' social-cognitive processing of religious contents? The role of motives for religious behavior},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10508619.2012.634781},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Soenens, Bart, Bart Neyrinck, Maarten Vansteenkiste, Jessie Dezutter, Dirk Hutsebaut, and Bart Duriez. 2012. “How Do Perceptions of God as Autonomy Supportive or Controlling Relate to Individuals’ Social-cognitive Processing of Religious Contents? The Role of Motives for Religious Behavior.” International Journal for the Psychology of Religion 22 (1): 10–30.
APA
Soenens, B., Neyrinck, B., Vansteenkiste, M., Dezutter, J., Hutsebaut, D., & Duriez, B. (2012). How do perceptions of God as autonomy supportive or controlling relate to individuals’ social-cognitive processing of religious contents? The role of motives for religious behavior. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION, 22(1), 10–30.
Vancouver
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Soenens B, Neyrinck B, Vansteenkiste M, Dezutter J, Hutsebaut D, Duriez B. How do perceptions of God as autonomy supportive or controlling relate to individuals’ social-cognitive processing of religious contents? The role of motives for religious behavior. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION. 2012;22(1):10–30.
MLA
Soenens, Bart, Bart Neyrinck, Maarten Vansteenkiste, et al. “How Do Perceptions of God as Autonomy Supportive or Controlling Relate to Individuals’ Social-cognitive Processing of Religious Contents? The Role of Motives for Religious Behavior.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION 22.1 (2012): 10–30. Print.