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This information is made available in order to facilitate research, mentorship, and teaching opportunities among scholars interested in the psychological study of religion. ALL other uses are prohibited. Name and Title
      Earl S. Schaefer, Professor Emeritus
Institutional Affiliation
      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mailing Address
      16 Bayswater Place, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Email AddressResearch Interests
      My initial research on parent-child relationships and child development was extended to research on husband-wife relationships and family mental health. Both the Child Report of Parent Behavior Inventory and the Marital Autonomy and Relatedness Inventory revealed that perceptions of family members are related to mental health and happiness. Current research with a Perceptions of God Inventory has similar goals: l. to determine factors of perceptions or interpretations of God from agreement with concepts and metaphors. and 2. to determine correlations of those perceptions in religious group membership, behavior, and quality of life. Factor analysis of the inventory at www.unc.edu/~schaefer/ has identified cluster or factors of God as ruler, teacher, parent, artist, nature, stranger, bystander, and myth. Significant correlations are found with religious behavior and quality of life.
Representative PublicationsResearch Keywords
      Object Relations. Measurement.
Psychology and Religion Courses, Seminars, or Programs Taught
Relevant Degrees or Certificates Available at Institution
Languages Spoken
      English

 

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