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The Structure of Paranormal Beliefs Among Australian Psychology Students


Grimmer, MR and White, KD, The Structure of Paranormal Beliefs Among Australian Psychology Students, The Journal of Psychology, 124, (4) pp. 357-370. ISSN 0022-3980 (1990) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/00223980.1990.10543231


A 46-item paranormal belief questionnaire was given to 836 Australian psychology students. Paranormal items, derived from the popular media, were rated on a 5-point strength of evidence scale. Responses to the questionnaire were correlated and subjected to a principle axis factor analysis, followed by orthogonal and oblique rotation. A seven-factor Obliquely rotated solution, accounting for 38.49% of the variance, was chosen as most interpretable. The seven factor were identified as popular science, obscure unbelief, traditional religion, alternative treatments, paratherapies, functional psi, and structural psi. Results thus provide support for the multidimensional structure of paranormal beliefs. © 1990 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Personality and individual differences
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Grimmer, MR (Professor Martin Grimmer)
ID Code:34297
Year Published:1990
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2005-07-26
Last Modified:2005-07-26

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