Religion: An overlooked dimension in cross-cultural psychology

Nalini Tarakeshwar, Jeffrey Stanton, Kenneth I. Pargament

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This article argues that religion should be fully integrated into cross-cultural research for four reasons: (a) religion, by itself, occupies a substantial role in people's lives across different cultures; (b) religion has been found to be a strong predictor of important life domains among individuals all over the world; (c) religion has a strong influence on cross-cultural dimensions; and (d) culture also influences and shapes religious beliefs and practices. The authors present a five-dimensional framework of religion and provide recommendations on ways it can be integrated within cross-cultural research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-394
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2003


  • Culture
  • Dimensions
  • Psychology
  • Religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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