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Religiosity and Personality Traits of Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Catholic Deacons
The Hispanic masculinity style may be "machismo" (dominant, distant, and unemotional), or "caballeros" (engaged, affectionate, compassionate), but is unknown among Hispanic clergy. Using a U.S. on-line survey database, Hispanic (n = 127) and non-Hispanic (n = 1708) Catholic deacons self-reported religiosity and personality traits. Hispanic and non-Hispanic deacons reported similar depth on religious beliefs, but non-Hispanic, compared to Hispanic, deacons claimed higher interpersonal religious commitment and a spiritual transcendence of connectedness to others. On the HEXACO-60, Hispanic, compared to non-Hispanic, deacons reported significantly higher emotional traits and lower extraversion traits. Furthermore, Hispanic deacons reported higher fearfulness and sociability and lower boldness facets, compared to non-Hispanic deacons. These results were independent of the ethnic composition of the parish community. Results suggest that hispanic deacons may reflect "caballeros" masculinity-caring for others and sensitive to their emotional needs while socially outgoing.
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