Contacting the spirits of the dead: paranormal belief and the teenage worldview
Francis, Leslie J. and Williams, Emyr. (2009) Contacting the spirits of the dead: paranormal belief and the teenage worldview. Journal of Research on Christian Education, Vol.18 (No.1). pp. 20-35. ISSN 1065-6219
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10656210902751818
A number of previous studies have examined both the overall level of belief expressed by young people in the paranormal and the major demographic predictors of such belief. Building on this research tradition, the present study examines how one specific paranormal belief concerning contact with the spirits of the dead integrates with the wider teenage worldview. Data provided by 33,982 pupils age 13 to 15 years throughout England and Wales demonstrated that almost one in three young people (31%) believed that it is possible to contact the spirits of the dead. Compared with young people who did not share this belief, the young people who believed in the possibility of contacting the spirits of the dead displayed lower psychological wellbeing, higher anxiety, greater isolation, greater alienation, less positive social attitudes, and less socially conforming lifestyles. Overall, paranormal beliefs seem to be associated with a less healthy worldview, in both personal and social terms.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education ( -2013)|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Spiritualism -- Great Britain, Teenagers -- Religious life -- Great Britain, Adolescent psychology, Interpersonal relations in young adults -- Great Britain|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Research on Christian Education|
|Official Date:||January 2009|
|Page Range:||pp. 20-35|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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