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Normative and Motivational Determinants of Reported Religious Experience in Two Baptist Samples
Ralph W. Hood, Jr.
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 13, No. 3, Denominational and Interdenominational Studies (Spring, 1972), pp. 192-196
Published by: Religious Research Association, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3510782
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The effects of both normative expectation and personal religious motivation on reported religious experience were studied in two Baptist samples. Subjects were categorized into extrinsic and intrinsic types according to their pattern of responses to Allport's "Religious Orientation Scale". The dependent measure was reported religious experience as measured by Hood's "Religious Experience Episodes Measure (REEM)". In both samples intrinsically oriented subjects were more likely than the extrinsically oriented to report religious experiences. Southern Baptists as a group were more likely to report religious experiences than American Baptists. There was no interaction between religious membership and religious orientation. These data support the validity of the REEM as a measure that is sensitive to both sociological and psychological factors.
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