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Taking religion to heart: the relationship between the Five Factor Model and the New Indices of Religious Orientation among religious students

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The relationship between religious orientation and personality has been investigated using several different measures and diverse samples. As part of a larger study, 114 undergraduate students were given the Duke University Religion Index (DUREL) to include only those participants who were considered religious. The final sample of 80 participants were given the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised (NEO PI-R) and the New Indices of Religious Orientation (NIRO). Based on the results of the bivariate correlations, higher levels of intrinsic religious orientation were associated with greater Agreeableness and Conscientiousness. Multivariate analyses further revealed that Agreeableness was the most important personality variable when predicting intrinsic and quest religious orientations, with higher levels of Agreeableness predicting greater intrinsic and lower quest orientations. While lower levels of Neuroticism predicted greater intrinsic orientation, higher levels of Neuroticism predicted greater quest orientations. Higher Conscientiousness predicted greater intrinsic and lower quest orientations. Implications of these findings are discussed.
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Keywords: Five Factor Personality Model; Religious orientation; personality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychological Science, University of North Georgia, Oakwood, USA 2: Department of Sociology and Human Services, University of North Georgia, Oakwood, USA

Publication date: July 3, 2018

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