The Gods must be making us crazy : the effect of a judgmental God concept on mental health.

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dc.contributor.advisor Froese, Paul. Morrow, Lindsay Nadine. 2011-08
dc.description.abstract Using Wave III of the Baylor Religion Survey, this research examines the relationship between mental health and religion in a unique way. Many studies have examined church attendance as the most significant way that religion ameliorates mental health concerns. However, the sociological study of God concepts is under-examined, and may provide a more detailed picture. In a social context where denominationalism, affiliation and even social participation in religious activities are less important than they were half a century ago, God concepts may help us to understand exactly how religiosity affects behavior. God concepts represent the underlying motivations and cognitive styles that motivate people to believe and behave in certain ways. This paper finds that the effects of religion on mental health depend on the type of religion people experience. People who have a Judgmental God concept have poorer mental health, even when controlling for church attendance, prayer, and other beliefs. en_US
dc.publisher en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Mental health. en_US
dc.subject God concepts. en_US
dc.subject Religiosity. en_US
dc.subject Human behavior. en_US
dc.title The Gods must be making us crazy : the effect of a judgmental God concept on mental health. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.A. en_US
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dc.rights.accessrights Access changed 6/27/13.
dc.contributor.department Sociology. en_US
dc.contributor.schools Baylor University. Dept. of Sociology. en_US

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