Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Mental Health, Religion & Culture

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Mental Health, Religion & Culture

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MENTAL HEALTH, RELIGION & CULTURE

Edmondson, D., & Park, C. (2009).

Shifting foundations: Religious belief change and adjustment in college students

Vol. 12, 289-302

Young adulthood can often be a time of significant growth as people move away from home and face a number of life challenges (e.g. college, first career). During this time, they often explore and sometimes change many aspects of their identities and values. Edmondson and Park sought to examine how the transition into college affects people's religious beliefs, and, as these beliefs change, how this process affects their well-being.

Participants were 154 college students who received course credit at a medium sized public university in the Midwest. They were mostly women (n = 104) and European-American (92%). They had a mean age of 19.2 years. The majority was Christian (55% Protestant, 29% Catholic); a substantial minority was non-believers (18%).

All participants initially completed questionnaires that measured the degree and cause of any change to their religious beliefs, their current view of God, and whether they had an intrinsic or extrinsic religious orientation. They also completed surveys on their coping (i.e. religious coping, positive reappraisal, drug and alcohol use) and adjustment (i. …

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