Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Malecki, Christine K.

Degree Name

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Department

Department of Psychology

LCSH

Personality psychology||Religion||Social psychology||Spirituality||Higher education||Individual & family studies||Education, Higher--Religious aspects||Social networks--Religious aspects||College students--Social networks||Spiritual life

Abstract

Social support has been shown to be a significant protective factor in the lives of adolescents and has been linked to numerous health and psychological outcomes. Spirituality and religion have also been demonstrated to have similar effects on a host of outcomes. The current study further analyzed the link between these two constructs from a strong conceptual framework grounded in social support. The role of spiritual and religious support was examined through the addition of two novel sources of social support, higher power and religious community, which were added to an existing measure of social support. Analyses were conducted utilizing a total sample of 146 undergraduate students at Northern Illinois University. Results indicated strong psychometric properties for the modified social support measure, high levels of perceived social support from best friend/significant other and the higher power sources, relationships between specific types/content of prayer, and relationships between several sources of social support and psychological outcomes.

Comments

Advisors: Christine Malecki.||Committee members: Michelle Demaray; Nina Mounts; Julia Ogg; Laura Pittman; Kelly Summers.

Extent

170 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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