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Psychological health and attitude toward Christianity: a study among pupils attending Catholic schools in the Netherlands

By Leslie J. Francis and C. A. M. (Chris A. M.) Hermans

Abstract

This study examines the wider relevance of recent research conducted in England, Northern Ireland and Hong Kong concerning the association between religion and psychological health among young people, by administering translations of the same measures to a sample of 980 pupils attending Catholic secondary schools in the Netherlands. These pupils completed the short-form Revised Eysenck Personality Questionnaire together with the Francis Scale of Attitude toward Christianity. The data confirmed the key finding from previous research that a more positive attitude toward Christianity is associated with lower scores recorded on the psychoticism scale. The implications of these findings are discussed for religious educators

Topics: BR, BF
Publisher: Australian Catholic University
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:2918

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