educational psychology, religion, devotion, psychological separation, religious orientation, mental health
The relation between religious orientation and mental health was investigated. Measures of religious orientation and devoutness, depression, shame and guilt, existential well-being, and psychological separation from parents were administered to 268 undergraduate students. Four groups were formed. Results indicated that religiously devout intrinsic and proreligious Ss did not differ from less devout extrinsic and nontraditionally religious students in depression, shame, and existential well-being. Intrinsic and proreligious Ss scored higher on guilt proneness and religious well-being and lower on functional, attitudinal, and emotional separation from parents than did nontraditionally religious Ss. Ellis's (1980) religiosity-em otional-disturbance hypothesis was not supported. Some insight into how religion may have both benefits and costs for college students' personality functioning is provided. Implications for counseling are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Richards, P.S. (1991). Religious devoutness in college students: Relations with emotional adjustment and psychological separation from parents. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 38, 189-196.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Richards, P. Scott, "Religious Devoutness in College Students: Relations With Emotional Support Adjustment and Psychological Separation From Parents" (1991). Faculty Publications. 3867.
Journal of Counseling Psychology
David O. McKay School of Education
Counseling Psychology and Special Education
American Psychological Association, Inc.
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