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Protestant influence on cognition and criminal behavior of young adults

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While previous studies used qualitative methods to demonstrate the effect of religion being statistically significant, this study developed a theoretical explanation for a system of the effect religion. The paper considers that religion deters criminal behavior through a mediating variable—religious cognition of sin and supernatural punishment This study interviewed sixteen young adults between 18 and 19 years old; half of ten arc Protestant believers. The result indicated that believers are less likely to commit a crime through the cognition of sin ln addition, believes will not become iconoclastic and rebellious because they will not experience stress even if they fail to achieve monetary success; they consider it temporary and impermanent. Nevertheless, the behavior of believers is similar to that of skeptics even though their normative standard is different. The current research found that religion can only deter believers from smoking; believers also indulge in alcohol use, plagiarism, viewing of pornography, use of foul language, lying, coming home later than midnight, taking something without permission, and driving too fast.

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Mak, Tin Chi


Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities




Criminology -- Department of Sociology

Juvenile delinquency

Criminal behavior -- Research

Protestant churches


Li, De

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