Date Approved

5-7-2008

Embargo Period

3-22-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Adolescence--Religious aspects; Korean American teenagers

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purposes of this exploratory investigation were to (a) assess the cognitive understanding of meaning in life as coping strategy utilized by Korean-American Judeo-Christian adolescents between the ages of 11 to 18 (n = 74) and (b) to determine the significance of meaning in life in relations to subjective well-being. Initial hypothesis about "born again" Christian faith failed to support any significant correlation when compared with religiosity, meaning, and well-being indices. However, intrinsic religious orientation showed significant associations with meaning in life, purpose in life, prayer, daily Bible reading, and subjective well-being in satisfaction with life. Multiple regression analyses revealed prayer, intrinsic religious orientation, and religious meaning significantly predicted subjective well-being in satisfaction with life. Implications for utilizing religious meaning in life for the Christian adolescent population in reference to promoting subjective well-being in satisfaction with life are discussed.

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