Title: Updating Allport's and Batson's Framework of religious orientations: A reevaluation from the perspective of self-determination theory and Wullf's social cognitive modelm
Authors: Neyrinck, Bart ×
Lens, Willy
Vansteenkiste, Maarten
Soenens, Bart #
Issue Date: Sep-2010
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Series Title: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion vol:49 issue:3 pages:425-438
Abstract: We theoretically and empirically evaluate Allport’s intrinsic-extrinsic and Batson’s quest religious orientations
through the lens of self-determination theory (SDT) andWulff’s social-cognitive model. Confirming our theoretical
analysis, we find that Allport’s intrinsic-extrinsic dichotomy fails to correspond empirically to the differentiation
between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation within SDT. Whereas Allport’s intrinsic religious orientation was
positively related to internalized extrinsic motivation, his two extrinsic (i.e., personal and social) religious
orientations were not systematically related to any of the discerned motives within SDT. Furthermore, Batson’s
quest orientation was unrelated to any of the SDT concepts but was positively related to symbolic disbelief. The
present findings suggest that Allport’s motivational orientations model needs both refinement and relabeling to
better fit with recent theoretical evolutions in the field of motivational psychology.
ISSN: 0021-8294
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Units (-)
School Psychology and Development in Context
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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