Sample Paper on Religiosity, Social Self-Esteem, and Psychological Adjustment

Gebauer, Sedikides, and Neberich, “2012, Religiosity, Social Self-Esteem, and Psychological Adjustment: On the Cross-Cultural Specificity of the Psychological Benefits of Religiosity.” The authors conducted a research to determine the relationship between social religious culture and the psychological benefits.  According to results obtained from the study, the authors concluded that the people who believe in religion are advantageously adjusted to psychology and exhibit a higher social self-esteem as compared to non-believers.  Additionally, specific cultures related to religion, positions individuals to beneficial psychology. Therefore, an individual with a religious social value culture has a stronger social self-esteem and is better psychologically adjusted. Similarly, since religiosity is greatly valued in societies, religious believers are subsequently highly valued compared to non-believers. Thus religious cultures benefits believers psychologically.

According to the results of the research, I find that the conclusions drawn were satisfying due to the research credibility. It was evident that psychological adjustment and social self-esteem are directly linked to an individual’s religiosity, as well as the specific culture related to religion, after obtaining moderately positive results from the study. The sample size and demographics used by the authors was sufficient for the solidity of results. Despite the appealing results, the research had several shortcomings that include, omission of vital questions for the hypothesis, lack of case studies, as well as absence of some research stakeholders. Firstly, the researchers needed to include questions like ‘Are you a religious’ in order to determine an individual’s religious state, since the research relates the believers’ level of self-esteem and psychological adjustment to that of non-believers. Secondly, the study lacks case studies to back up their findings. Thirdly, research stakeholders like producers, computing managers, users, and policymakers were not involved in the research. These stakeholders are very crucial during the research procedures for ensuring sufficient data collection, storage of data for future references, and ensuring adequate and proper assessment of data (DCC, 2019). The authors could have balanced gender ratios to observe how the hypothesis applied to men compared to women.



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Gebauer, J. E., Sedikides, C. & Neberich, W. (5 Jan. 2012). Religiosity, Social Self-Esteem, and Psychological Adjustment: On the Cross-Cultural Specificity of the Psychological Benefits of religiosity. SAGE.