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Associational social capital and psychological type: an empirical enquiry among cathedral Friends in England

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A sample of 1131 members of the Friends associations of six English cathedrals (616 women and 515 men) completed the Francis Psychological Type Scales (FPTS) and a modified version of the Williams Religious Social Capital Index (WRSCI). The data demonstrated that higher levels of religious social capital were found among extraverts (compared with introverts), sensing types (compared with intuitive types), and feeling types (compared with thinking types). No significant differences were found between judging types and perceiving types. The finding that extraverts displayed higher levels of religious social capital poses a challenge for the cathedrals, given that introverts outnumbered extraverts by nearly 2:1 in the Friends groups. Since religious social networks are known to influence generosity with time and money, it is suggested that cathedrals not only develop strategies to recruit more extravert Friends but also devise novel ways of encouraging introvert types to participate in associational activities where social capital will be generated.
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Keywords: Francis Psychological Type Scales (FPTS); Friends associations; Williams Religious Social Capital Index (WRSCI); cathedrals; psychological type; religious social capital

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Education and Theology, York St John University, York, UK

Publication date: January 2, 2016

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