Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Drawing back the veil: the socio-psychological correlates of paranormal belief among 13- to 15-year-old adolescents

By Leslie J. Francis and Emyr Williams


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

Topics: BF
Publisher: Churches' Fellowship for Psychical & Spiritual Studies
Year: 2007
OAI identifier:

Suggested articles


  1. (2000). An analysis of selected beliefs and values among Czech 14- and 15-year-old public school students,
  2. (2006). Attitude toward Christianity and Paranormal Belief among 13- to 16-year-old students, doi
  3. (2001). Canada’s youth: today, yesterday and tomorrow, doi
  4. (1997). Dissociative experiences, trait anxiety and paranormal beliefs, doi
  5. (1992). Idionecrophanies: the social construction of perceived contact with the dead, doi
  6. (1980). Office of Population Censuses and Surveys doi
  7. (2000). Scepticism and gullibility: the superstitious and pseudo-scientific beliefs of secondary school students, doi
  8. (2005). Soul Searching: the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers, doi
  9. (1995). Teenage Religion
  10. (2006). Teens and the Supernatural, Carlifornia, The Barna Group.
  11. (1995). The effects of religiosity and structural strain on reported paranormal experiences, doi
  12. (2002). The nature and significance of religion among adolescents in the metropolitan borough of Walsall,
  13. (2004). The Religious Beliefs of Young People (in light of the New Age Movement), Unpublished M.Phil dissertation,
  14. (1997). The socio-psychological profile of the teenage television addict,
  15. (1992). The structure, stability, and social antecedents of reported paranormal experiences, doi
  16. (2002). The Swedes and the paranormal. doi
  17. (2001). The Values Debate,

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.