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Social judgment of abortion: a black-sheep effect in a Catholic sheepfold.
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PMID:  11758041     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
French Catholic participants (N = 340) with high or low religious identification read 1 of 8 scenarios presented as an interview with a female target 2 months after she had had an abortion. The experimental device varied situational pressure (pressure vs. no pressure), the target's religious social identity (Catholic vs. neutral), and the consequences of abortion for the target (positive vs. negative). The participants then rated the acceptability of the target's decision. The participants judged abortion more negatively in the no-pressure condition. Moreover, the participants with high religious identification judged abortion more negatively than did those with low religious identification. In partial support of a black-sheep effect, the participants with high religious identification judged the Catholic target more negatively than they judged the neutral one in some conditions (pressure, negative consequences). In other conditions (no pressure, both positive and negative consequences), the participants with low religious identification judged the Catholic target more positively than they judged the neutral one.
L Bègue
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of social psychology     Volume:  141     ISSN:  0022-4545     ISO Abbreviation:  J Soc Psychol     Publication Date:  2001 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-12-06     Completed Date:  2002-01-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376372     Medline TA:  J Soc Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  640-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Aix-Marseille 1, France.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Legal / psychology*
Religion and Medicine*
Religion and Psychology*
Social Values*

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