Religiousness, Spiritual Seeking, and Authoritarianism: Findings from a Longitudinal Study
Abstract:We use long-term longitudinal data from a sample (N = 155) of older age mainline Protestants, Catholics, and a small number of conservative Protestants to investigate the relations among church-centered religiousness, spiritual seeking, and authoritarianism. In late adulthood, religiousness was related positively, and spiritual seeking was related negatively, to authoritarianism; these relations held even after excluding conservative Protestants and controlling for education, gender, age cohort, and personal flexibility. We find a similar pattern using measures of religiousness, spiritual seeking, and control variables scored in early adulthood, a time interval of close to 40 years.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Paul Wink is Professor, Department of Psychology, Wellesley College, Wellesley. 2: Michele Dillon is Professor, Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824., Email: email@example.com 3: Adrienne Prettyman is a student at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02481.
Publication date: September 1, 2007