Religious motivation and personality traits of the Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima, India: a correlation study

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Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling


Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Counseling and Educational Psychology

Thesis Adviser

Emilia Del Callar

Defense Panel Chair

Salud Evangelista

Defense Panel Member

Imelda Villar
Marita Bernardo


This study investigated the relationship between religious motivation and eight personality traits of the Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima, India. One hundred and thirty-eight religious sisters were the subjects of this study. The instruments used were the Religious motivation index and Comrey's personality scale which assessed the level of religious motivation and eight personality traits, respectively. The study included the descriptive analyses of religious motivation and the profile of the personality of these sisters. Moreover, eight personality traits were correlated with total motivation index. Correlational analyses showed that there is a high significant correlation between religious motivation and selected personality traits such as trust, orderliness, social conformity, activity, emotional stability, extroversion, masculinity (tough mindedness) and empathy, tested at 0.01 level of significance. Trust was found to be the best predictor of religious motivation. The four personality traits which were predictive of religious motivation, clearly demonstrated the need for religious communities to consider personality as a criterion for admission into religious life, particularly the traits such as trust, empathy, masculinity (tough mindedness) and extroversion.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

127p., 28 cm.


Monastic and religious life of women; Nuns -- Psychology

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