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On god-belief and feeling clean: Feelings of cleanliness are associated with feelings and behavior in daily life, particularly for those high in god belief

Fetterman, Adam K (2016) 'On god-belief and feeling clean: Feelings of cleanliness are associated with feelings and behavior in daily life, particularly for those high in god belief.' Social Psychological and Personality Science. ISSN 1948-5506

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Abstract

Recent work has shown robust associations between morality and cleanliness. However, it is not known whether this association is equally consequential for everyone. I predicted that individuals high (versus low) in god-belief would be more likely to draw upon feelings of cleanliness to represent their moral concerns. To test this hypothesis, I used a two week daily sampling protocol. In an initial session, I measured participants’ (N = 135) level of god-belief. I then measured participants’ levels of daily cleanliness, neuroticism, impulsivity, and prosocial behaviors every evening. Daily feelings of cleanliness predicted lower levels of neuroticism, but only for those high in god-belief. Daily impulsive behaviors predicted lower feelings of cleanliness and daily prosocial behaviors predicted higher feelings of cleanliness. God-belief moderated these effects such that they were stronger for those higher, than lower, in god-belief. In closing, I discuss potential reasons for these moderation effects and other theoretical considerations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: religiosity; cleanliness; individual differences; prosocial behavior; neuroticism; impulsivity; daily sampling
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Adam Fetterman
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2016 16:07
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 09:02
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15995

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