Religiosity and Risk of Perpetrating Child Physical Abuse: An Empirical Investigation

Volume
Volume 33
Issue
Winter 2005
Title
Religiosity and Risk of Perpetrating Child Physical Abuse: An Empirical Investigation
Abstract

We empirically examined the hypothesis that Conservative Protestants are at greater risk than Mainline Protestants, Catholics, or the religiously unaffiliated to perpetrate child physical abuse (CPA), and explored whether other aspects of religiosity (interest, participation, orthodoxy, intrinsic and extrinsic orientation) were related to CPA risk. As part of a larger survey, college students (166 men, 270 women) completed self-report measures assessing CPA risk and various dimensions of religiosity. Conservative Protestants did not score significantly higher than the other groups on CPA risk. However, extrinsic religiosity predicted increased risk of CPA.

Authors
Dr. C.W. Dyselin and Dr. C.J. Thomsen
Pages
291 - 298
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