Paper in Mental Health, Religion & Culture
  • Tiliopoulos, N., & Bikker, A. (2013). A thematic comparison of religiosity profiles between Christians with low and high schizotypy. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 16, 173-178.

    This exploratory qualitative study aimed to identify themes relevant to the elements constituting a religiosity profile that, at least among Christians, appears to enhance both aspects of mental health and fundamental components of psychological well‐being. Semi‐structured interviews were conducted with eight participants, who were classified as having either high or low levels of schizotypy. Following an inductive thematic analysis approach, the results identified four interrelated, superordinate themes, which revealed a clear difference between the two groups. The main bottom‐up elements of a well‐being‐enhancing religiosity appear to involve (a) a personal relationship with a loving God; (b) religious beliefs that act as guidance, providing meaningful purpose to life; (c) a conviction that religious beliefs are a result of choice or revelation; and (d) a relative absence of religious doubt.