Dependence nurturance and monotheism: a cross-cultural study

The Journal of Social Psychology Vol/Iss. 84(2) Routledge Published In Pages: 175-181
By Terry, Roger L.


The main premise of the present study is to investigate the relationship between monotheism and dependence nurturance during early childhood and adulthood. Terry notes the human need to explain and understand the world, and theorizes that this understanding derives from personal experience, learned information, and supernatural explanation. Terry tests the hypothesis that supernatural explanations (monothestic beliefs) will be formulated if individuals cannot depend on their own experiences and/or others to reduce uncertainty (a result of independence training).


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Ethnographic ReportsMurdock, 1962; Whiting and Child, 1953; D'Andrade, 1961

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