Adult age differences in intrinsic and extrinsic religious motivation (1993)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Degree NameMaster of Arts
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
The present study sought to identify factors that contribute to adult age differences in religious motivation. Following results from prior research, it was predicted that there would be an increased in intrinsic religious motivation associated with senescence. It was also predicted that this increase in intrinsic motivation would be associated with age related changes in personality characteristics such as an increase in introversion and an increase in feelings of an internal locus of control. Although a significant increase in intrinsic religious was observed, there were no meaningful relationships found between changes in religious motivation and changes in personality. It was concluded that changes in religious motivation may possibly beaccounted for by either an over-all age-related change in motivation or by a complex interaction between personality characteristics and an individual's religious needs
KeywordsReligiousness--Psychology; Motivation (Psychology); Age (Psychology)
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