Dissociation and Religiosity: the role of religious experience

Michael J. Breslin, Christopher Alan Lewis

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    Dissociation can be conceptualized as a disruption in integrated processing of psychological information, due to alterations in consciousness. An emerging body of research has examined the relationship between dissociation and religiosity. Mixed findings suggest a weak positive association between these two constructs. The present aim was to investigate if dissociation predicted religious experience over and above a measure of religiosity. A sample of 371 Irish respondents completed the Measure of Prayer Type, the M Scale Short Version, and the Dissociative Experiences Scale. Binary logistic regression showed that religious experience was predicted by dissociation, controlling for frequency of prayer.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)26-33
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Spirituality in Mental Health
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015


    • dissociation
    • prayer
    • religiosity
    • religious experience


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