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Paranormal beliefs and religiosity: Chinese version of the Revised Paranormal Belief Scale.

Authors
  • Shiah, Yung-Jong
  • Tam, Wai-Cheong Carl
  • Wu, Ming-Hsun
  • Chang, Frances
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychological reports
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2010
Volume
107
Issue
2
Pages
367–382
Identifiers
PMID: 21117461
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper reports an initial study investigating the relations of paranormal beliefs with religiosity in a Chinese sample, as well as the development of a Chinese version of the Revised Paranormal Belief Scale and a test of its psychometric properties with 310 college students (5.5% Christians, 21.3% Buddhists, 61% believers in traditional Chinese religions, and 12% atheists). The reliability and validity of the Chinese version were satisfactory. In general, traditional Chinese religious believers had higher scores on paranormal belief than did Christians and atheists, and the mean total score of the Chinese participants was higher than previously reported in a Western sample. It was concluded that the greater involvement of practitioners of traditional Chinese religions in activities emphasizing paranormal experiences might contribute to their greater paranormal belief, especially as compared to the minority Christian group. The results are consistent with the idea that Christianity may offer the least support for paranormal belief.

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