Religious engagement and attitudes to the role of religion in society: Their effect on civic and social values in an Asian context

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Abstract

This paper explored the impact of religious engagement (religious background, religious service attendance and religious activities participation) on adolescents’ civic and social values. Attitudes towards the influence of religion on society were investigated as a possible mediator/moderator of religious engagement. A model based on Western literature was tested using a sample of over 2000 Hong Kong students. Secondary data were drawn from the International Civics and Citizenship Education Study 2009. Multi-level modelling was used to assess individual and school level effects on civic and social values. Results indicated that religious engagement exerted varied effects. Religious background showed small and negative effects on students’ civic and social values. Participation in religious services indicated a small, positive and significant effect on social but not on civic values. Participation in religious activities showed no significant effect on either social or civic values. These variables exerted a small moderating effect on social and civic values through attitudes to the influence of religion on society. The latter exerted a positive and significant effect on civic values and a negative effect on social values. These results suggested that Western models depicting the positive relationship between religious engagement and citizenship values may not hold for Asian societies. Copyright © 2016 Christian Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-168
JournalBritish Journal of Religious Education
Volume40
Issue number2
Early online dateNov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Citation

Cheung, C. H. W., Kennedy, K. J., Leung, C. H., & Hue, M. T. (2018). Religious engagement and attitudes to the role of religion in society: Their effect on civic and social values in an Asian context. British Journal of Religious Education, 40(2), 158-168. doi: 10.1080/01416200.2016.1256269

Keywords

  • Citizenship
  • Secondary school
  • Religious engagement
  • Asia

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