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Article: The role of religion in moderating the impact of life events on material life goals: Some evidence in support of terror management theory.

TitleThe role of religion in moderating the impact of life events on material life goals: Some evidence in support of terror management theory.
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13674676.asp
Citation
Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 2014, v. 17 n. 1, p. 52-61 How to Cite?
AbstractHow would religion and a life event carrying an existential threat (LEET) jointly impact a person's life goals of becoming wealthy and successful in one's career? Goal reprioritisation, socioemotional selectivity, and gerotranscendence theories predict a shift away from material goals following a LEET, independent of the effect of religion. However, terror management theory (TMT) predicts that the effect of death thoughts depends on one's prevailing cultural values. As religion can be regarded as a culture, it is possible that Christians' and non-believers' material life goals would be differentially altered by LEET. Data from 1259 young Chinese adults reveal no main effect of LEET, but a strong effect of religion. Moreover, there was an interaction effect between LEET and religion on material life goals: LEET weakened material goals for Christians but not for non-believers. These findings suggest that TMT is more suitable than the other theories for predicting life goal changes.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/180324
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dc.contributor.authorHui, CHen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, SWYen_US
dc.contributor.authorLau, EYYen_US
dc.contributor.authorCheung, SFen_US
dc.contributor.authorMok, DSYen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-21T01:36:19Z-
dc.date.available2013-01-21T01:36:19Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationMental Health, Religion, & Culture, 2014, v. 17 n. 1, p. 52-61en_US
dc.identifier.issn1367-4676-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/180324-
dc.description.abstractHow would religion and a life event carrying an existential threat (LEET) jointly impact a person's life goals of becoming wealthy and successful in one's career? Goal reprioritisation, socioemotional selectivity, and gerotranscendence theories predict a shift away from material goals following a LEET, independent of the effect of religion. However, terror management theory (TMT) predicts that the effect of death thoughts depends on one's prevailing cultural values. As religion can be regarded as a culture, it is possible that Christians' and non-believers' material life goals would be differentially altered by LEET. Data from 1259 young Chinese adults reveal no main effect of LEET, but a strong effect of religion. Moreover, there was an interaction effect between LEET and religion on material life goals: LEET weakened material goals for Christians but not for non-believers. These findings suggest that TMT is more suitable than the other theories for predicting life goal changes.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13674676.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofMental Health, Religion, & Cultureen_US
dc.rightsThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Mental Health, Religion, & Culture on 30 Nov 2012, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13674676.2012.745494-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleThe role of religion in moderating the impact of life events on material life goals: Some evidence in support of terror management theory.en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailHui, CH: huiharry@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailLau, EYY: eyylau@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.authorityLau, EYY=rp00634en_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13674676.2012.745494-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84888009983-
dc.identifier.hkuros212889en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros231872-
dc.identifier.spage52en_US
dc.identifier.epage61en_US
dc.identifier.eissn1469-9737-

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