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Title:Religious beliefs and responsibility attributions for industrial accidents among Ghanaian workers
Author:Gyekye, Seth AyimISNI
Periodical:Journal for the Study of Religion
Geographic term:Ghana
work environment
popular beliefs
African religions
Abstract:This paper reports the possible influences of workers' religious beliefs on causal attributions and responsibility assignment in the work environment. Ghanaian industrial workers affiliated to three main religious groups (Christianity, Islam and Traditional African Religions) and who were victims and witnesses of industrial accidents, assigned causality and responsibility for the misfortune. Their responses were compared. The major finding was an association between religious affiliation and accident responsibility assignment. It was noted that workers affiliated with Islam and Traditional African Religions, more than their Christian counterparts, tended to emphasize spiritual influence on accident causality and responsibility. Correspondingly, they also offered more contextual and external attributions. This observation seems to reflect the fatalistic belief that industrial accidents are beyond human control and occur with inevitability. The study was done within the context of the Self-defensive Attribution Hypothesis. The substantial growing interest in diversity management in workplaces makes addressing topics on the impact of workers' religious orientations on organizational behaviours an essential study. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]