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In search of the psychological antecedents and consequences of Christian conversion: A three-year prospective study
Hui,C. Harry1; Cheung,Sing Hang1; Lam,Jasmine1; Lau,Esther Yuet Ying2; Yuliawati,Livia1; Cheung,Shu Fai3
2017-05-17
Source PublicationPsychology of Religion and Spirituality
ISSN19411022
Volume9Issue:2Pages:220-230
Abstract

Religious conversion is often an overwhelming experience. Although self-reports by some converts about life before and after conversion often contain vivid descriptions of the type and extent of changes, few rigorous empirical studies have documented them. This 3-year longitudinal prospective study aimed to understand the precursors of conversion, and whether this event would result in psychological changes. A logistic regression on 455 non-Christian Chinese (of whom 46 later became Christian converts) showed that neither baseline personality, personal values, social axioms, nor psychological symptoms predicted whether one would be converted during the next three years. However, people who thought that there is one and only one true religion were more likely than others to be converted. We further formed a matched sample of 92 individuals who had been Christians throughout the study, and a matched sample of 92 nonbelievers who remained so throughout the study. Comparison between measures taken at the baseline and end of the study period showed that converted people were transformed not in personality but in symptoms of stress and anxiety, as well as several personal values.

KeywordAnxiety Christianity Longitudinal Study Religious Conversion Stress
DOI10.1037/rel0000082
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaPsychology ; Religion
WOS SubjectPsychology, Multidisciplinary ; Religion
WOS IDWOS:000401088700008
PublisherEDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING FOUNDATION-AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC, 750 FIRST ST, NE, WASHINGTON, DC 20002-4242 USA
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorHui,C. Harry
Affiliation1.Department of Psychology6/fthe Jockey Club TowerCentennial CampusUniversity of Hong Kong,Hong Kong,Hong Kong
2.Department of Psychological StudiesHong Kong Institute of Education,Hong Kong,Hong Kong
3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Macau,Macao
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Hui,C. Harry,Cheung,Sing Hang,Lam,Jasmine,et al. In search of the psychological antecedents and consequences of Christian conversion: A three-year prospective study[J]. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality,2017,9(2):220-230.
APA Hui,C. Harry,Cheung,Sing Hang,Lam,Jasmine,Lau,Esther Yuet Ying,Yuliawati,Livia,&Cheung,Shu Fai.(2017).In search of the psychological antecedents and consequences of Christian conversion: A three-year prospective study.Psychology of Religion and Spirituality,9(2),220-230.
MLA Hui,C. Harry,et al."In search of the psychological antecedents and consequences of Christian conversion: A three-year prospective study".Psychology of Religion and Spirituality 9.2(2017):220-230.
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