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Abuse History, World Assumptions, and Religious Problem Solving

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At a Christian university, 167 subjects completed questionnaires measuring worldview assumptions, religious problem solving, physical and emotional abuse, and subjects' beliefs about whether they had been “abused.” Results indicated that worldview assumptions were not related to actual abuse histories. Instead, such assumptions were related to the subjects' beliefs that they had been abused. Subjects who believed that they had been abused had more negative views of the impersonal world, people, and themselves; they were also more likely to see events as random. Both actual abuse history and subjects' beliefs that they had been abused were related to religious problem-solving styles. Finally, problem-solving styles were related to various worldview assumptions. Results are discussed in terms of previous research on abuse and in the psychology of religion.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Seattle Pacific University, 3307 Third Avenue West, Seattle, Washington 98119., Email: 2: Seattle Pacific University.

Publication date: 2001-09-01

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