Honors Program

Midway Honors, Honors in Psychology

Date of Award

5-2017

Thesis Professor(s)

Dr. Andrea Clements

Thesis Professor Department

Psychology

Abstract

Abstract

This present study was conducted to examine the relationship between religious involvement and empathy towards victims of crime. There was a total sample size of 84 individuals that participated in an online survey. Religiosity was measured using the Belief into Action scale. Empathy towards victims of crime was observed using the Victim Impact Scale. A Pearson correlation showed no significant relationship between religious involvement and empathy towards victims. There was, however, a negative significant correlation between Accountability score and percent of income given to religious causes (r=-.297, p=.011), victim blaming and how much time is spent in religious volunteering (r=-.261, p=.025), knowledge of victim-related facts and how often one attends religious services (r=-.263, p=.029), percent of income given to religious causes (r=-.301, p=.012), and time spent in religious volunteering (r=-.312, p=.01).

Publisher

East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

Included in

Psychology Commons

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