Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of negative feedback on self-reported religious identity among Christian students. After initially rating themselves on a computer-administered continuous scale ranging from as religious as possible to not at all religious, participants completed a difficult Bible trivia quiz and received negative feedback regarding their performance. The participants were then made to believe that their initial computer ratings had been lost, and were asked to rate themselves a second time. Individuals also completed the Spiritual Involvement and Beliefs Scale and were divided into high and low religiosity groups. Statistical analyses revealed that participants were consistent in their pre- and post-ratings despite the negative feedback on the quiz; low and high religiosity groups were equally consistent. The results therefore suggest that self-reported religiosity is a resilient construct. Given the low level of statistical power of this study, however, more research is needed before more definitive conclusions can be drawn.
BF1 .M63 v. 13 no. 2 2008
"Fixed or flexible: the effect of negative feedback on one's religious identity,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 13
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol13/iss2/6