ERIC Number: ED442437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Changing Religious Beliefs among College Students.
Lee, Jenny J.
This study asks how college attendance affects changes in students' religious beliefs, exploring factors in the college environment that account for such changes. Data for the study was derived from the 1994 Freshman Survey and 1998 College Student Survey conducted annually by the Higher Education Research Institute for the Cooperative Institutional Research Program. The sample for the study included over 4,000 students attending 76 four-year institutions; the primary dependent variable was a self-rating on changes in religious beliefs and convictions. Sections of the study cover the introduction, objectives, methodology, results, limitations, and discussion and conclusion. Some study results were contrary to what had been anticipated, e.g. while students tended to experience changes in religious beliefs, the direction of change was toward a strengthening of convictions. The study also supported past findings that students who experienced a weakening of religiosity tended to be liberal males with negative emotional health experiences; females having positive emotional health were more likely to experience a strengthening of beliefs. One unexpected finding was that religious affiliation does not necessarily make a direct difference in students' religious convictions. The study suggests increased student-faculty interactions and support for religious student organizations and activities as ways to strengthen students' religious beliefs. (Contains 25 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
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