Personality, prayer and church attendance among a sample of 11 to 18 years old in Norway

Christopher Alan Lewis, Leslie J. Francis, Trond Enger

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Abstract

A series of recent studies has employed various measures of Eysenck's dimensional model of personality alongside questions of frequency of personal prayer and church attendance. The consensus from these studies suggests it is psychoticism, rather than extraversion or neuroticism that is fundamental to a greater frequency of personal prayer and church attendance. The present study tested the generalizability of these findings by examining the association between measure of personal prayer and church attendance and the Revised Eysenck Personality Questionnaire among a sample of 479 11- to 18-year-old Norwegian school children. For the total sample a significant association was found between a greater frequency of both personal prayer and church attendance and lower psychoticism scores. These findings are consistent with previous research and with Eysenck's theory regarding individual differences in social attitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-274
Number of pages6
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes

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