Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Cornelia Flora

Abstract

Paranormal beliefs are often divided between those that are central to traditional Christian doctrine and those that are associated with the supernatural or the occult. Using national sample data from the Baylor Religion Survey of 2005 (n = 1721), this study assesses religious (Christian) and classical (supernatural or occult) paranormal beliefs. The theoretical basis for this study of paranormal beliefs was developed from Parsons' classification for types of belief systems. The hypotheses were tested using structure equation modeling in AMOS 18, a superior method in comparison with past studies. The structural equation model analysis showed that there are two well-defined latent factors of paranormal beliefs, one religious and one classical. A positive relationship between these two paranormal belief factors was also found. Church attendance and religiosity were shown to moderate the effects of social demographics and weak support was found for the deprivation model. The study concludes with a discussion of the implications for theory and research involving paranormal beliefs.

Copyright Owner

Andrew J. Teesdale

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-28

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

52 pages

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Sociology Commons

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