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ERIC Number: ED170616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 54
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Reference Count: 0
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Dimensions of Religious Conversion During Adolescence.
Parker, Mitchell Sheldon
Forty-nine subjects, ranging in age from 15 to 26, were interviewed to determine the nature of the relationship among religious affiliation, religious conversion and three dependent measures: emotional stability, religious home environment and identity status. Three types of conversion are postulated: (1) gradual (lengthy intellectual process), (2) sudden (a quick, traumatic experience) and (3) developmental (a sudden, non-intellectual, non-traumatic experience related specifically to adolescent crises). Only those hypotheses relating to the gradual conversion were statistically confirmed, supporting the conclusions that: (1) gradual converts are less neurotic, display more mature identity patterns and have more positive religious home environments than other converts; (2) two types of conversion, gradual and sudden, predominate during adolescence; (3) members of sectarian religious organizations are less neurotic, display more mature identity patterns and have more negative religious home environments than other converts; (4) peer group and congregational influence play important catalytic roles in the conversion experience. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Conversion (Religious)