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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

Abstract

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: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:2971

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