Validation of a Typology of Religious Experience and Its Relationship to the Psychotic Experience

Volume
Volume 11
Issue
Summer 1983
Title
Validation of a Typology of Religious Experience and Its Relationship to the Psychotic Experience
Abstract

A typology of religious experience was validated and an empirical determination of the similarities between the religious and psychotic experiences was made. Expert and non-expert raters (n=16) were asked to differentiate religious experiences (n=12), fabricated religious experiences (n=12), and psychotic experiences (n=12) using the typology of religious experience. A split plot, repeated measures analysis of variance yielded three significant findings: (a) Expert raters performed significantly better than non-expert raters at identifying the three types of experiences. (b) Non-expert raters with the typology performed as well as experts raters and significantly better than non-expert raters without the typology. (c) Psychotic experiences were more easily identified than were religious or fabricated experiences.

Authors
Dr. K.W. Elifson and Dr. R.D. Margolis
Pages
135 - 141
Price
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