Religious experience and religious motivation among Catholic and mainstream Protestant churchgoers in Australia: Testing and applying five short measures

Leslie J. Francis, Andrew Village, Ruth Powell

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Abstract

The present study draws on two sets of theories developed within the psychology of religion (concerning religious experience and religious motivation) to test three six-item measures of religious orientation (intrinsic, extrinsic, and quest) and to develop two seven-item measures of religious experience (mystical and charismatic) among Catholic (N = 626) and Mainstream Protestant (N = 505) churchgoers participating in the 2011 Australian National Church Life Survey. The data demonstrated satisfactory levels of internal consistency reliability for all five scales. The mean scale scores revealed higher levels of intrinsic religiosity among Mainstream Protestants and higher levels of extrinsic religiosity among Catholics; but little variation between the two groups in terms of quest religious orientation, mystical orientation, or charismatic orientation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)932-942
Number of pages10
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Volume19
Issue number8
Early online date2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2017

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