We would like to thank Edwin Fleishman, Scott Wesley, Bill Owens, Chuck Parson, Sigrid Gustafson, Chris Hertzog, Larry James, and Bob Holt for their comments and support.
Varieties of Religious Experience:Continuity and Change in Religious Involvement
Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
Journal of Personality
Volume 61, Issue 2, pages 265–297, June 1993
How to Cite
Mumford, M. D., Snell, A. F. and Hein, M. B. (1993), Varieties of Religious Experience:Continuity and Change in Religious Involvement. Journal of Personality, 61: 265–297. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.1993.tb01034.x
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
- Manuscript received February 20, 1990; revised September 27, 1991.
ABSTRACT The intent of the present study was to determine whether the selective aggregation of background data subgroups could be used to identify and control for differences across persons in the meaning of religious involvement. After background data subgroups had been clustered based on similarity in the variables related to religious involvement, two clusters were identified. One cluster contained individuals whose religious involvement was characterized by a functional, instrumental orientation, while the other was composed of individuals whose religious involvement was characterized by an affective, expressive orientation. Subsequently, causal models intended to describe continuity and change in religious involvement were constructed using individuals assigned to each cluster. It was found that different models were required to describe continuity and change in religious involvement in the instrumental and expressive clusters.