Clusters of religiosity of Portuguese undergraduate youth

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This article presents results of the author's PhD thesis based on religious beliefs and practices, and attitudes of towards marriage, life, and sexuality. The sample included 500 undergraduate students from public universities of Lisbon. Applying multiple correspondence analysis and cluster analysis to these beliefs, practices, and attitudes, three clusters or types of religiosity were produced: nuclear Catholics, intermediate Catholics, and non-Catholics. These clusters were characterised in terms of religious socialisation, as well as of non-Catholic beliefs and practices, and aspects of life. When crossed with these last items, the clusters were renamed respectively: socio-centred orthodox, ambitious heterodox, activist and hedonist non-believers.
Translated title of the contributionClusters de religiosidade da juventude universitária portuguesa
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-130
Number of pages22
JournalSociologia, Problemas e Práticas
Issue number75
Publication statusPublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Individualisation
  • Secularisation
  • Socialisation
  • Undergraduate youth


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