Bridge over Troubled Water
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Bridge over troubled water. Results of research on receptivity
In this paper, we describe research on our Receptivity Scale, developedin response to some of the problems we met, when using Kenneth Pargament’s religious coping scales in the Netherlands (cf. Alma, Pieper, & Van Uden, 2003). The main problem with Pargament’s threefold conceptualisation of religious coping (self-directing, deferring, and collaborative) is theunderlying view of an active, personal God. The Receptivity Scale does justice to the idea of a more impersonal God, which is probably more common in the secularised Netherlands. Furthermore, the scale takes into account that people are not always directly focused on the solution of problems, either with or without God. The scale was administered to two samples in Belgium and two samples in The Netherlands. We compare (i) the scores of the respondents on the scale with their scores on other measures of religiosity and other psychological measures, and (ii) the scores of theology students with the scores of psychology students. We come to the conclusion that between the attitudes of basic trust on the one hand, and trust in a personal God, on the other hand, there are different degrees of relating to the transcendent in times of trouble.
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