The atheistic factor? Explaining the link between atheistic beliefs and child-rearing values in 30 countries in Europe

Eline Berkers, I.J.P. Sieben*

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Abstract

In this study, the link between atheistic beliefs and two child-rearing values (obedience and autonomy) is explored. Atheists would be more likely to show preferences for autonomy and less likely for obedience. Two individual-level explanations, namely educational attainment and expressive individualism, are tested. Moreover, the contextual effects of both religious climate and collectivistic-individualistic culture in a country are investigated. Using data from 30 countries from the European Values Study [(2011) 4th wave, Integrated Dataset ZA4800. Data File Version 3.0.0. (November 2011). Cologne: GESIS Data Archive. doi:10.4232/1.11004], it was found that both educational attainment and expressive individualism are explanations of why individuals with atheistic beliefs prefer autonomy more compared to other individuals. However, for obedience, expressive individualism could only explain the difference in preferences between religious individuals and atheists, but not the difference between atheists and those who are unsure about their religious belief. In addition, contrary to our expectations, no moderating effect of the religious context and collectivistic-individualistic culture on the relationship between atheistic beliefs and child-rearing values was found.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-25
JournalEuropean Societies
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2020

Keywords

  • ATTITUDES
  • AUTONOMY
  • Atheism
  • CONTEXT
  • EDUCATION
  • INDEPENDENCE
  • INDIVIDUALISM
  • ORIENTATIONS
  • PARENTAL VALUES
  • RELIGION
  • SECULARITY
  • autonomy
  • collectivism
  • cross-national research
  • obedience
  • religion

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