Public Practice of Religion and Prosocial Behavior among Filipino College Students

Jame Bryan Lamberte Batara


Individuals view helping those in need as part of being religious. However, a recent review indicated that religion has been associated with helping mostly the in-group (Saroglou, 2013) and that religious prosociality is heightened mostly during Sundays (Malhotra, 2010). There is still a need to look carefully at what is in religion that serves to facilitate helping the in-group and increase helping during Sundays. Through a survey, the present study aims to examine into the five dimensions of religion (Huber & Huber, 2012; Stark & Glock, 1968) and its influence in willingness to help an out-group. Results of multiple linear regression analysis indicated that public practice of religion predicted prosocial behavior and provided an implication to religious individuals' minimal prosociality and the Sunday effect.

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