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Examining Crime among College-Aged Christians: Are Christian Religious Beliefs Associated with Low Levels of Criminal Activity?
(2012)
  • Paul R Rickert, LeTourneau University
Abstract

The purpose of this correlational study into crime among college-aged Christians in the United States is to determine if indicating higher levels of Christian spiritual growth is associated with lower levels of criminal behavior. A convenience sample of college aged Christians was given an online survey to measure self-reported criminality measured by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reports Part I and Part II and self-reported religious convictions as measured by Bufford et al.’s Christ-like Spiritual Growth Scale. This quantitative study then analyzed data generated from 57 respondents and found that reporting higher rates of Christ-like spiritual growth was negatively correlated to reporting lower rates of law violating behaviors, but only slightly.

Publication Date
December 14, 2012
Citation Information
Paul R Rickert. "Examining Crime among College-Aged Christians: Are Christian Religious Beliefs Associated with Low Levels of Criminal Activity?" (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/paul_rickert/14/