2024 Student Research Conference:
37th Annual Student Research Conference

Religion and Mental Health; How do they Interact?

Haley M. Wilson*, Hannah A. Kuhnert, and Alyssa D. Huston
Dr. Katie Judd, Faculty Mentor

This project investigates factors influencing the religious identities of Truman students and how they shape mental health perceptions and understanding. We predicted that students who have strong religious identities, while having a more positive life outlook, would typically have a more stigmatized view of mental health and be less likely to seek assistance with mental health concerns. In students who grew up in religious households, we also expect to see a shift in religious views as they are faced with mental health issues. These individuals may have a more personally validated sense of mental health as a result and be more likely to seek mental health resources as they are needed. Results of this study may help to identify ways to improve mental support services on campus in a way that reflects the specific needs of students from varying cultural and religious backgrounds. 

Keywords: Mental Health, Stigma, Religion, Identity


Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

Session: 1-3
Location: SUB Activities Room
Time: 3:30

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