Analysis Of Relationship Between Intrinsic Religiosity And Attitudes Towards Harsh Punishment To Criminals

Muniza Malik, Farhat Jokhio, Shahana Mumtaz

Abstract


The present study was conducted to examine the relationship between intrinsic religiosity and attitudes towards harsh punishment to criminals. Sample of the study consisted of 171 university students (n=171, males, n=86; females, n=85). The age ranged from 19-22 years (Mean age=20.76 yrs). Two questionnaires namely Punishment Attitude Scale (PAS) and Extrinsic–Intrinsic Religiosity Questionnaire (EIRQ) were administered on the sample. It was hypothesized that intrinsically motivated participants would favour punishment to criminals more than the extrinsic oriented participants. There would be significant gender differences in the attitudes towards punishment to criminals. Findings revealed non-significant gender differences in the attitude towards harsh punishment to criminals. Intrinsically religious participants favoured harsh punishment to criminals more than the extrinsic oriented participants. The implications of the study are important for improving the social order through firm implementation of the law and rules. These are the key factors for peace and stability within society.


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Copyright (c) 2018 Muniza Malik, Farhat Jokhio, Shahana Mumtaz

ISSN: 2521-456x (Online), ISSN:1726-0396(Print)

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