Hichy, Z., & Di Marco, G.
Effects of State secularism, Catholic identity, and political orientation on issues related to technologies involving embryos
This study examines the ways in which attitudes toward technologies involving embryos, such as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and embryonic stem cells research, might be affected by attitude toward State secularism, Catholic identity and political orientation. The study was carried out with 198 Italians who identified as Catholic. Results suggest that secularism has a positive effect on these technologies, whereas Catholic identity has a negative effect. Moreover, State secularism mediates the effects of Catholic identity on attitudes toward pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and embryonic stem cells research. A weak meditation effect of State secularism was found also for the relationship between political orientation and the investigated issues.Back