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Job Satisfaction, Religiosity, Religion, NLSY, Income


A central assumption to the study of individuals in work settings it to study only the those factors directly connect to the work context. The purpose of this study is to examine whether a more holistic approach to a generally very compartmentalized phenomena, such as job satisfaction, is in order. Using the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth data collected in 2000, I examine the effects of religious attendance frequency of job satisfaction under the hypothesis that religious attendance will have a statistically significant effect on job satisfaction and that that effect will be positive. The results show that there is indeed a highly significant relationship between religious attendance and job satisfaction, but that relationship is negative, and that there is no interaction effect at different income levels. The findings are then discussed within the context of paving the the way for further incorporation of more ‘holistic’ models of how employees relate to their work as well as a discussion of possible mechanisms explaining the negative relationship found in the data.


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Sociology 456R

Seeing a More Complete Worker: Religiosity, Income, & Job Satisfaction

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