This study compared behavioral (fulfillment of religious commandments), and motivational compo nents of religiosity among 54 Jewish adolescents (aged 13-21 years) and 35 adults (30-60 years) with intellectually disability (ID) (IQ = 40- 69). A special questionnairewas constructed. Results yielded similarities between the religious profile of individuals with ID and those of the general population. A different pattern was found between the age groups. Adolescents fulfilled Jewish commandments to a greater extent than the adults. Social psychology theories regarding religious change/stability over the lifeycle can serve as an explanation for these findings. Adults exhibited a more mature motivational component of fulfilling commandments (dependence on God) than the adolescents (Divine decree- obedience to God and receiving external rewards). Regression analysis indicated that among adolescents,the cognitive level contributed to the explained varianceof the behavioral components, whereas among adults, chronological age contributed to the explained variance of the behavioral components.

Author(s): Hefziba Lifshitz, Izhak Weiss, Sara Fridel, and Rivka Glaubman

Journal: Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities

Date: 2009

Volume: 44

Issue: 2

Pages: 196-206


Databased: Yes

Disabilities: Intellectual Disability

Categories: Individuals with disabilities