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Change and Stability of Religious Orientations during College: Part I. Freshman-Senior Comparisons

Kenneth A. Feldman
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 11, No. 1 (Autumn, 1969), pp. 40-60
DOI: 10.2307/3510552
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3510552
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Change and Stability of Religious Orientations during College: Part I. Freshman-Senior Comparisons
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Abstract

From results of research done during the past forty years, it may be inferred that, on the average, students decrease in general "religiosity" and in religious "orthodoxy" or "fundamentalism" during their years at college. With respect to changes in the degree of uniformity of students' religious outlooks, at some schools there is increasing homogeneity, and at others there is increasing heterogeneity. Freshman-senior differences presented in most of the extant studies must be interpreted with great caution, due to the existence of three major difficulties: possible multi-dimensionality of measuring instruments assumed to be unidimensional; the masking of degree and direction of individual changes by average change; and insufficient study of change in non-college comparison (or control) groups.

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