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On God-Belief and Feeling Clean

Fetterman, Adam K (2016) 'On God-Belief and Feeling Clean.' Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7 (6). pp. 552-559. ISSN 1948-5506

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<jats:p> 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 (vs. 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 2-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. </jats:p>

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
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2016 16:07
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:21

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