Christianity, paranormal belief and personality: a study among 13- to 16-year-old pupils in England and Wales
Francis, Leslie J., Williams, Emyr and Robbins, Mandy. (2009) Christianity, paranormal belief and personality: a study among 13- to 16-year-old pupils in England and Wales. Archiv für Religionspsychologie, Vol.31 (No.3). pp. 337-344. ISSN 0084-6724
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/008467209X12499946199560
Studies concerning the changing landscapes of religiosity and spirituality in the lives of young people in England and Wales draw attention to decline in traditional religiosity and to growth in alternative spiritualities. The present study examined whether such alternative spiritualities occupy the same personality space as traditional religiosity. A sample of 2,950 13- to 16-year-old pupils attending 11 secondary schools in England and Wales completed the Francis Scale of Attitude toward Christianity and an index of paranormal belief, alongside the abbreviated-form Junior Eysenck Personality Questionnaire Revised. The data demonstrated that these two forms of belief were related in different ways to Eysenck's dimensional model of personality space. While attitude toward Christianity occupied the space defined by low psychoticism scores (tendermindedness) and high lie scale scores (social conformity), paranormal belief was related to high psychoticism scores (toughmindedness) and was independent of lie scale scores. These findings support the view that alternative spiritualities may be associated with different personalities.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education ( -2013)|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Francis Scale of Attitude toward Christianity, Maudsley personality inventory, Teenagers -- Religious life -- Great Britain, Adolescent psychology -- Great Britain, Occultism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Archiv für Religionspsychologie|
|Page Range:||pp. 337-344|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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