Who values children's imagination? : the effect of religious orthodoxy on human values in 16 Western countries
Warren, Zachary J.
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Developmental research suggests that imagination is an important attribute for children's development, but some individuals value children's imagination more, and some less. What factors drive the difference? A theory is presented that religious orthodoxy, defined as belief in absolute rules, decreases the likelihood that individuals value imagination. Using the World Values Survey, a probit regression analysis is conducted on responses from 12,911 participants in 16 countries to assess the impact of religious orthodoxy on the perceived importance of children's imagination. Results support the hypothesis that religious orthodoxy carries a robust negative influence, above and beyond individual differences in religiosity, education, age, and gender. Implications for parenting style and educational intervention are discussed.
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