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5.4. Weaknesses, aspects in favour of the present study, and suggestions for future research

In this study we’ve used a two-dimensional measurement for religiosity. We have tried to measure not only the classical way to religiosity (e.g. how often do you go to church), but also the way people are used to handle with religion and religious questions (symbolic or literal interpretation).

Moreover, in this study, we’ve worked for the very first time with the PCB and groups made on the basis of standard scores. We assigned the participants in the group, in which they have the highest score on. By doing so, we’ve tried to find a personality-profile for each of the four different ways people handle with religion and religious texts.  Therefore, we are interested in inter-individual differences in order to divide a clear distinct profile for all of the four groups.

Because the results can vary very differently in different samples, in future research, the results, found in this sample, have still to be confirmed in other samples. This can been regarded as a weakness of the present study. Another procedure of classifying the participants can lead to another profile. In the present study, someone who is assigned to one group, can still have his or her highest rough score in another group. Therefore, a score of an individual has to be explained in relation to the mean-score of the sample. Moreover, researchers have to check whether or not someone, who is classified on the ground of the above-mentioned procedure, is really a member of the pointed group.

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