Kostruba N. Psychology of personality's media religiosity

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Thesis for the degree of Doctor of Science (DSc)

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  • 19.00.01 - Загальна психологія, історія психології


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Д 32.051.05

Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University


The thesis presents a scientific theoretical substantiation and an empirical study of personality's media religiosity problem. To conceptualize the outlined problem, the peculiarities of religious discourse, the phenomenon of mass religious communications and their influence on the personality religiosity are analyzed. Media religiosity is defined as a holistic concept, which is a new dimension of the personality religious life; a form of personal religiosity that is practiced and understood in the media environment (television, Internet, social networks, etc.). An integral model of personality media religiosity was created. This model consists of a combination of discursive and psychosocial substructures. The discursive substructure of media religiosity is based on a combination of religious and media discourses (media religious text), and the psychosocial one is represented by a set of personality properties formed as a result of a person's inclusion in religious practice in the media space. Three components are distinguished in the structure of media religiosity: cognitive (informational and semantic), affective (emotional and motivational) and conative (behavioral). In order to reduce the large amount of received empirical data and to find the most significant variables in the structure of personality media religiosity, a factor analysis was carried out. Three factors are outlined: meaning-making, subjective well-being and social support. Such results provided grounds for asserting that media religiosity can be a personal resource in overcoming stressful and traumatic life events. Empirical study of the hypothesis about media religiosity as the basis of individual resilience in the conditions of war was carried out through the narratives analysis. A tendency towards the use of positive meaningful markers by media religious personalities was revealed, namely, they less often focus on anger and pain, focus less on the past and think less about death, and turn more to religious coping (prayer, faith, etc.). We consider such results as a basis for partial confirmation of the hypothesis that media religiosity can be a personal resource for overcoming the psychological consequences of war. These results are only a first attempt to describe this relationship and require further research. Keywords: media religiosity, religiousness, discourse, communications, text, concept, emotions, values, personal resource.


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