Relationship between Religiosity and Altruistic Behaviour

Author: Fariha Zahid

Supervisor: Dr. Naumana Amjad

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2007-2009

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


This research explored the relationship between religiosity and altruistic behavior among students. The sample consisted of 100 male and 100 female students within the age range of 19-26 years. The data was collected from various departments of Punjab University. Three scales were used to measure Altruism and religiosity. Two standardize scale were used to measure religiosity. One was used to measure religious beliefs and practices and the other focused on the role of Introjected and Identified Regulation on religiosity. An indigenous scale was used to measure Altruistic behavior. It was based on different altruistic acts that are the part of our society. A measure of actual altruistic behavior was also taken, for this purpose the participants were asked to donate blood. Pearson product moment Correlation analysis was carried out to find the relationship between altruism and religiosity. The results indicated that there is positive relationship between altruism and religiosity. The study also showed that those who had more introjected religious inclination showed more willingness to donate blood, where as there was no significant relationship between identified religiosity and actual help in form of blood donation. The findings are discussed in view of Islamic religiosity and altruistic behavior

Keywords: Religiosity, Altruistic Behaviour, Blood Donation, Introjected , Identified Regulation

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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