The study was designed to be a critical assessment of the Snow-Machalek Conversion Typology. Data were collected from Mormon converts in the British Isles, and an attempt was made to apply the typology to these converts. It was assumed that if the typology could be effectively applied to Mormon converts, strong correlations would be found between its dimensions and quantitative measures of conversion. It was also assumed that social integration of converts would play an important part in the conversion process.
The application of the typology proved to be very difficult; however, some dimensions seemed to be more useful than others. Social integration was very important for British converts to Mormonism. An alternative theoretical emphasis to the study of conversion is offered which stresses the importance of social integration in the development of a new global perspective.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Sociology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
O'Banion, Joy A., "The Convert as a Social Type: A Critical Assessment of the Snow-Machalek Conversion Typology as Applied to British Mormon Converts" (1988). Theses and Dissertations. 4989.
Conversion, Snow-Machalek Conversion Typology, Mormon converts