Religious norms, norm conflict, and religious identification

Louis, Winnifred R., Cila, Jorida, Townshend, Esther, Chonu, Gi K., and Lalonde, Richard N. (2023) Religious norms, norm conflict, and religious identification. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 15 (2). pp. 290-297.

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The present research sought to understand how religious identification is associated with normative practices and with norm conflict (the perception that people within the religious group are not all enacting the same standards or rules for behaviour). Using a multi-faith sample (N=400) we replicate positive associations of religious identification with engaging in normative practices such as prayer, and the associations of both identification and normative practices with stronger well-being. Religious norm conflict was associated with lower identification and lower well-being, however. Three coping strategies were examined: 1) engaging in normative ritual practices was protective of identification and well-being; 2) affirming that the conflict occurs on less important (vs core) religious norms was associated with higher well-being, but not with identification; and 3) challenging the religious norm was associated with lower well-being, but did not alter religious identification.

Item ID: 68133
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1943-1562
Keywords: religious identity, social identity, norms, group norms, norm conflict, religious conflict
Copyright Information: © 2021, American Psychological Association. Accepted Version may be made open access via an Institutional Repository without embargo.
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2021 23:40
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520504 Psychology of religion @ 50%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1305 Religion > 130599 Religion not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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