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Dimensions of religiosity and the impact of sex, age and the length of membership on each dimension : A study of a Japanese "new religion"


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  • 宗教心の多元性について : 性、年齢、入信後年数による検討
  • シュウキョウシン ノ タゲンセイ ニ ツイテ セイ ネンレイ ニュウシンゴ ネ

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Two hundred and ten members of a Japanese new religion. Mahikari, responded to a 6-page questionnaire. First, a factor analysis was performed to identify four dimensions of religiosity: belief, religious behavior, experiences, and the affective bonds of membership. Secondly, factor scores were subjected to ANACOVA to examine the effects of sex, age and the length of membership on each dimension. The results indicated that women had more religious experiences than men, and that people became more active in their religious behavior with age. In addition, youths were more affected than adults, and many late adolescent males had doubts about the teachings. The length of membership in Mahikari, on the other hand, was shown to have a positive effect on behavior.


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