The authors conducted two studies of the relationship between literacy and LDS church activity. Consistent with existing literature, Study 1 revealed a significant positive zero-order correlation between reading ability and church activity. The authors concluded that lower reading ability might be a deterrent to church attendance. Study 2 added the predictors of intrinsic and extrinsic religiosity in a multiple regression format. Study 2 revealed that in the presence of the other predictors only intrinsic religiosity significantly predicted church activity. Intrinsic religious motivation was found to overcome the barrier to church activity associated with poor literacy.
Brewer, Bruce; Fischer, Lane; Wright, Dennis; and Dorius, Guy
"Relationships Among Literacy, Church Activity and Intrinsic/ Extrinsic Religiosity in a Utah Sample of Latter-day Saints,"
Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy: Vol. 32
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/irp/vol32/iss1/6