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Sense of Mastery

Closely related to the idea of “locus of control,” this concept assesses the degree to which individuals feel they have control over their own lives.  Studies of religion often investigate this in relation to how much “control” individuals feel that the divine has over their lives.

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Schieman, Scott.  2008.  “The Religious Role and the Sense of Personal Control.”  Sociology of Religion 69(3):273-296.

Schieman, Scott. 2008.   “The Education-Contingent Association Between Religiosity and Health: The Differential Effects of Self-Esteem and the Sense of Mastery.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 47(4):710-724.

Schieman, Scott.  2010.  “Socioeconomic Status and Beliefs About God’s Influence in Everyday Life.”  Sociology of Religion 71(1):25-51.

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