Methodological Issues in Psychology of Religion Research in the Chinese Context

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TitleMethodological Issues in Psychology of Religion Research in the Chinese Context
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsChen, Y., & Chen X.
JournalPastoral Psychology
Pagination671 - 683
Date Published2012
PublisherSpringer US
ISBN Number0031-2789
KeywordsMainland China, Methodology, Psychology of religion

The present study investigates methodological issues in psychology of religion in Mainland China. Beginning with an overview of Western and Eastern scholars’ representative views on methodological issues relative to psychology of religion, this essay then analyzes the distinctive Chinese cultural background in terms of influences exerted by mainstream ideology, opportunities provided by the goal of building a harmonious society, and the real demand for the development of psychology of religion. Finally, this study puts forward several methodological strategies for constructing a Chinese psychology of religion including advanced theoretical research to strengthen the basis of research methods in Chinese psychology of religion; understanding more precisely the basis of constructing localized methods with Chinese features; and encouraging exploration on diversification and promotion of methodological innovation for psychology of religion in China.