Magical thinking and paranormal beliefs among secondary and university students in South Africa

SOURCE: Personality and Individual Differences
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2003
TITLE AUTHOR(S): K.Peltzer
KEYWORDS: MAGICAL IDEATION, PARANORMAL BELIEFS, SCHOOL GRADE DIFFERENCES, UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 2672
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/7957
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/7957

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate relationships between magical thinking and paranormal beliefs in an African population, and to the test whether similar relationships are found as those previously reported in previous studies with American students. The sample included 504 black African students. Results indicate that generally university students were greater disbelievers in magical ideation than secondary school students.