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Title: Psychological type and atheism : why some people are more likely than others to give up God
Author: Baker, Matthew J.
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2015
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The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not psychological type plays a role in why some individuals are more likely than others to give up their childhood religious beliefs and become atheists. In order to do this, the psychological type profile of 10,515 atheist church-leavers (2,677 females and 7,838 males) was compared to the psychological type profile of 2,326 continuing churchgoers (1,137 females and 1,189 males). The results indicated that a preference for the thinking perceiving (TP) combination was over-represented in the atheist sample by a factor of 2.14 for the females and 1.89 for the males. Both of these results were found to be statistically very highly significant (p < .001). A binary logistic regression analysis also found that a preference for the TP combination was a stronger predictor of atheism than intellect, years of church, church experience, and the father-child relationship. Finally, it was determined that individuals who use the term “atheist” as their primary self-descriptor have the same worldview-level beliefs as those who use the terms “humanist”, “freethinker”, and “skeptic”.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology