Exploration of charity toward busking (street performance) as a function of religion.

University of North Alabama, USA.
Psychological Reports (Impact Factor: 0.53). 04/2013; 112(2):578-92. DOI: 10.2466/21.PR0.112.2.578-592
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ABSTRACT To examine conceptions of religion and charity in a new venue--busking (street performance)--103 undergraduate students at a regional university in the southeastern U.S. completed a battery of surveys regarding religion, and attitudes and behaviors toward busking. For those 85 participants who had previously encountered a busker, stepwise regression was used to predict increased frequency of giving to buskers. The best predictive model of giving to buskers consisted of three variables including less experienced irritation toward buskers, prior experience with giving to the homeless, and lower religious fundamentalism.

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