This study was conducted in order to determine if members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) make attributions consistent with the idea that wealth and righteousness are related. Results indicated that Church members are more likely to attribute righteousness to a wealthy church member than a poor one. Potential reasons for these findings are explored, along with the ramifications such beliefs might have for members of the LDS Church.
Portions of this study were presented to the AMCAP Convention, April 1, 2004.
Rector, John M.
"The Symbolic Universe of Latter-day Saints: Do We Believe The Wealthy Are More Righteous?,"
Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy: Vol. 29
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/irp/vol29/iss1/3