Examining the relationship between schizotypy and religious experience among Irish adults

Michael J. Breslin, Christopher Alan Lewis

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Abstract

The term schizotypy is used to describe a diverse range of characteristics symptomatic of schizotypal personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. An emerging body of research is concerned with the relationship between schizotypy and religiosity. Mixed findings suggest a gender-specific, weak positive association between schizotypy and religiosity. However, there has been little research on the relationship between schizotypy and religious experience. The present aim was to expand the literature on the relationship between schizotypy and religiosity by employing measures of religious experience. An opportunistic community-based sample of 371 Irish respondents completed the Measure of Prayer Experience, the M Scale short version, the Schizotypal Personality (STA), and Borderline Personality (STB) Scales. Multivariate multiple regression showed that age and Magical Thinking uniquely positively predicted both measures, while Impulsiveness uniquely negatively predicted the Measure of Prayer Experience only.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-404
Number of pages7
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Borderline
  • personality
  • religious experience
  • schizotypal
  • schizotypy

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