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ERIC Number: ED243002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Religious Orientation and Mental Health Measured by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory.
Trent, James R.; And Others
While previous research has provided varied findings about the effect of religion on people and society, no final conclusion has been drawn about the effect (either positive or negative) of religion on personal mental health. For this research project on how people with different levels of religiousness would score on the Minnnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), 62 Florida college students, with a median age of 21, completed the MMPI (50 usable inventories were produced). The subjects then rated and rank ordered eight values (leisure, friends, financial security, power, social recognition, religion, career, and family). Based on the rank of religion in the hierarchy, subjects were divided into three levels of religiousness: high, N=23; moderate, N=11; and low, N=16. An analysis of the results showed no more psychopathology among high religious students than among low religious students. Only on the depression scale did high religious students score significantly lower than the moderate and low religious students. While it cannot be automatically inferred that low religious people are more depressed, the findings suggest the presence of several variables which appear to boost morale and self esteem in high religious people. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory