Date Approved

5-2-2007

Embargo Period

3-30-2016

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)

College students--Religious life; Religion and sociology

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of the following study was to determine whether there is a significant relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic religiosity and the presence of and search for meaning in one's life. Since religion has previously been found to play a role in one's physical and mental health, the present study offers additional evidence to religion's role in the mental health field. Three measures were used to collect the data for this study, including a demographic form, the Meaning in Life Questionnaire (MLQ) and the Intrinsic/ Extrinsic Religiosity Revised Scale (I/E-R). Sixty-eight students were recruited for this study, 31 males and 37 females, from a suburban, public, college and had a mean age of 19.6. The majority of participants were Caucasian (75%) and Catholic (57.4%). A correlational design was used to determine whether religiosity was significantly related to meaning in life. The present study concluded that intrinsic religiosity, regardless of gender, is positively correlated with the presence of meaning in one's life.

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