The Variety of Deconversion Experiences: Contours of a Concept in Respect to Empirical Research

Archive for the Psychology of Religion 26 (1):181-200 (2004)
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Abstract

This article presents an outline of historical and situational arguments which suggest a focus on deconversion, an outline of conversion research and its consequences for deconversion, and a discussion of extant empirical research on deconversion. The discussion then focuses on the conceptualization of deconversion and compiles the features from which a comprehensive concept of deconversion may emerge. The core features of the deconversion concept which is suggested in this article are complemented by dimensions of diversity which also include a developmental perspective . This has implications for future research

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