Drawing back the veil: the socio-psychological correlates of paranormal belief among 13- to 15-year-old adolescents
Francis, Leslie J. and Williams, Emyr. (2007) Drawing back the veil: the socio-psychological correlates of paranormal belief among 13- to 15-year-old adolescents. Christian Parapsychologist, Vol.17 . pp. 170-185. ISSN 0308-6194
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This study examines the socio-psychological profile of young people who believe that it is possible to contact the spirits of the dead. Data provided by 33,982 13- to 15-year-old pupils throughout England and Wales demonstrated that almost one in three young people (31%) held this particular belief in the paranormal. The level of belief was higher among females than among males, among year-ten pupils than among year-nine pupils, among pupils of lower academic expectations, among pupils who had experienced the death of a parent or whose parents had separated or divorced, among pupils from lower social class backgrounds, and among those who watched more than four hours television in a day. The level of belief was higher among pupils who had had a religious experience, but lower among pupils who attended church most weeks.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Spirituality -- Great Britain, Adolescent psychology -- Great Britain, Teenagers -- Religious life -- Great Britain, Television and teenagers -- Great Britain|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Christian Parapsychologist|
|Publisher:||Churches' Fellowship for Psychical & Spiritual Studies|
|Page Range:||pp. 170-185|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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