Author(s)

Nicole Keenan

Date Approved

9-17-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Applied Psychology and Professional Mental Health Counseling

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Miller, Matthew

Subject(s)

Spirituality;Drinking of alcoholic beverages

Disciplines

Psychiatric and Mental Health

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between spirituality and alcohol consumption in a general population because spirituality is important when it comes to the treatment and continued recovery from addiction. In order to measure spirituality, we used three psychometrically tested measures; The Intrinsic Spirituality Scale, the Spiritual Intelligence Self Report Inventory, and the Spiritual Assessment Inventory. To measure alcohol consumption we utilized the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test. Results sustain the multidimensionality and overlap between spirituality and religion and the need for more complete definitions. Our findings support the buffering relationship between spirituality and alcohol consumption as well as a relationship between all of the spirituality measures used, and gender differences when it comes to spirituality. This study found no significant results when multiple hierarchical linear regressions were run to see if gender moderated the relationship between spirituality and alcohol consumption. We discuss implications for future research.

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