Psychological health and attitude toward christianity among Protestant and Catholic sixth-form pupils in Northern Ireland

Leslie J. Francis, Mandy Robbins, Tania ap. Siôn, L. Philip Barnes, Christopher Alan Lewis

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Abstract

Northern Ireland remains both one of the more religiously active and also one of the most religiously divided countries in Europe. In this context 1,093 sixth-form pupils attending Protestant schools and 1,266 sixth-form pupils attending Catholic schools (aged between 16 and 19 years) completed the abbreviated Eysenck Personality Questionnaire Revised (EPQR-A), as a measure of psychological health, alongside the Francis Scale of Attitude toward Christainity (FSAC). The findings demonstrated that a positive attitude toward Christianity was associated with neither higher nor lower neuroticism scores, but was associated in both religious communities with lower psychoticism scores. There is no evidence, therefore, to associate a positive view of Christianity with poorer levels of psychological health among adolescents in Northern Ireland, and some evidence to associate a positive view of Christianity with better levels of psychological health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-164
Number of pages8
JournalPastoral Psychology
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Northern Ireland
  • Personality
  • Psychological health
  • Religion
  • Teenagers

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