This study explores how thinking styles relate to religious beliefs among subgroupings (by gender, university class level, and academic discipline) of university students in mainland China. The Thinking Styles Inventory-Revised II (TSI-R2) and the Religious Belief Scale (RBS) were administered to 522 students. Results showed that, those with Type I styles (i.e. more creativity-generating, less structured, and cognitively more complex) tended to be less religious, while those with Type II styles (i.e. more norm-favouring, more structured, and cognitively more simplistic) scored higher on the RBS. The limitations, contributions, and implications of this research are discussed. Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
CitationHu, X., & Cheng, S. (2019). Thinking styles predict religious belief among subgroupings of university students. Journal of Beliefs & Values, 40(1), 77-87. doi: 10.1080/13617672.2018.1488480
- Thinking styles
- Religious belief
- University students