2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Does Coping Mediate the Association Between Religiosity and Stress?
Laura A. Sapenoff*, Cheylynne Y. Bosley, Sierra A. Brescia, Elizabeth A. Eckardt, Jennifer Hopper, and Jennifer M. Neidig
Dr. Jeffrey Vittengl, Faculty Mentor

We investigated the associations among self-reported religiosity, coping behavior, and perceived stress in a sample of 162 undergraduates. We hypothesized that religiosity would predict lower stress, and that the association between religiosity and stress would be attributable to coping behavior, especially seeking social support and attempting to avoid problems. We found that extrinsic religiosity (practicing religion for external benefits) predicted higher stress and avoidance, and that avoidance partly accounted for the relationship between extrinsic religiosity and stress. We discuss potential implications of this finding for college students.

Keywords: Religiosity, Stress, Coping, College Students

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 24-5
Location: OP 2210
Time: 11:00

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