The Negative Association between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism across the World

Overview of attention for article published in Current Biology, November 2015
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Title
The Negative Association between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism across the World
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Current Biology, November 2015
DOI 10.1016/j.cub.2015.09.056
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Decety, Jean, Cowell, Jason M, Lee, Kang, Mahasneh, Randa, Malcolm-Smith, Susan, Selcuk, Bilge, Zhou, Xinyue, Jean Decety, Jason M. Cowell, Kang Lee, Randa Mahasneh, Susan Malcolm-Smith, Bilge Selcuk, Xinyue Zhou, Jason M Cowell

Abstract

Prosocial behaviors are ubiquitous across societies. They emerge early in ontogeny [1] and are shaped by interactions between genes and culture [2, 3]. Over the course of middle childhood, sharing approaches equality in distribution [4]. Since 5.8 billion humans, representing 84% of the worldwide population, identify as religious [5], religion is arguably one prevalent facet of culture that influences the development and expression of prosociality. While it is generally accepted that religion contours people's moral judgments and prosocial behavior, the relation between religiosity and morality is a contentious one. Here, we assessed altruism and third-party evaluation of scenarios depicting interpersonal harm in 1,170 children aged between 5 and 12 years in six countries (Canada, China, Jordan, Turkey, USA, and South Africa), the religiousness of their household, and parent-reported child empathy and sensitivity to justice. Across all countries, parents in religious households reported that their children expressed more empathy and sensitivity for justice in everyday life than non-religious parents. However, religiousness was inversely predictive of children's altruism and positively correlated with their punitive tendencies. Together these results reveal the similarity across countries in how religion negatively influences children's altruism, challenging the view that religiosity facilitates prosocial behavior.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 14 4%
Germany 10 3%
United States 8 2%
France 5 1%
Brazil 3 <1%
Canada 3 <1%
Switzerland 3 <1%
Chile 2 <1%
Mexico 2 <1%
Other 16 4%
Unknown 292 82%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 86 24%
Student > Ph. D. Student 84 23%
Student > Master 47 13%
Student > Bachelor 31 9%
Other 22 6%
Other 88 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 122 34%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 87 24%
Social Sciences 29 8%
Medicine and Dentistry 16 4%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 14 4%
Other 90 25%

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