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RELIGIOSITY AND SUBJECTIVE INTERPRETATIONS OF PERSONAL WEALTH

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Date Issued:
2009
Abstract/Description:
Historically, research has connected religiosity to many economic concepts in the United States. Religiosity can be a primary factor in the development of attitudes and values regarding financial issues and personal wealth. This study further expands the sociology of religion and economics by examining how differences in religious affiliation, attendance, and sociodemographic factors affect attitudes regarding personal wealth and financial behaviors. Previous studies have concentrated on religious differences in income, education, and life course achievement; however, few studies, if any, have directly measured religiosity and subjective attitudes toward personal wealth. Using the PEW Research Center's Economy Survey from February 2008, this examination uses multiple regression models to understand the extent to which religiosity affects wealth attitudes in America. Indicators of subjective wealth incorporated in the analysis are satisfaction of vehicle and home, ability to take preferable vacations, and desirable amount of discretionary income. The results of this study are discussed, as well as potential options for future research.
Title: RELIGIOSITY AND SUBJECTIVE INTERPRETATIONS OF PERSONAL WEALTH.
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Name(s): Lash, Andrew, Author
Gay, David, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Historically, research has connected religiosity to many economic concepts in the United States. Religiosity can be a primary factor in the development of attitudes and values regarding financial issues and personal wealth. This study further expands the sociology of religion and economics by examining how differences in religious affiliation, attendance, and sociodemographic factors affect attitudes regarding personal wealth and financial behaviors. Previous studies have concentrated on religious differences in income, education, and life course achievement; however, few studies, if any, have directly measured religiosity and subjective attitudes toward personal wealth. Using the PEW Research Center's Economy Survey from February 2008, this examination uses multiple regression models to understand the extent to which religiosity affects wealth attitudes in America. Indicators of subjective wealth incorporated in the analysis are satisfaction of vehicle and home, ability to take preferable vacations, and desirable amount of discretionary income. The results of this study are discussed, as well as potential options for future research.
Identifier: CFE0002532 (IID), ucf:47640 (fedora)
Note(s): 2009-05-01
M.A.
Sciences, Department of Sociology
Masters
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Subject(s): Religiosity
Subjective Wealth
Sociology of Religion
Economic Attitudes
Religious Affiliation
Religious Attendence
Sociology of Economics
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0002532
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Host Institution: UCF

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