Religious belief as compensatory control.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The authors review experimental evidence that religious conviction can be a defensive source of compensatory control when personal or external sources of control are low. They show evidence that (a) belief in religious deities and secular institutions can serve as external forms of control that can compensate for manipulations that lower personal control and (b) religious conviction can also serve as compensatory personal control after experimental manipulations that lower other forms of personal or external control. The authors review dispositional factors that differentially orient individuals toward external or personal varieties of compensatory control and conclude that compensatory religious conviction can be a flexible source of personal and external control for relief from the anxiety associated with random and uncertain experiences.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kay, AC; Gaucher, D; McGregor, I; Nash, K

Published Date

  • February 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 37 - 48

PubMed ID

  • 20040614

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-7957

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1088-8683

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1088868309353750


  • eng