Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Spirituality has been shown to moderate the negative effects of stress on physical and psychological adjustment; however, research utilizing a developmental approach in understanding the role of spirituality in the relation between stress and college adjustment has been scant. In the current study, spirituality was hypothesized to moderate the relation between stress and college adjustment (i.e., academic, social, personal-emotional, goal committed/institutional attachment). Also, stress was expected to differ by year in college and gender. Students (N = 131, Mage = 19.81, SD =1.35) from a mid-Atlantic medium-sized parochial comprehensive university completed several questionnaires; results were analyzed with hierarchical regressions. Gender, stress, and spirituality were related significantly to academic and personalemotional adjustment, whereas gender and spirituality were related positively and stress related negatively to both adjustment outcomes. A significant interaction between gender and stress on personal-emotional adjustment also was found. Implications for college students and their adjustment were discussed.
BF1 .M63 v. 13 no. 2 2008
Gilliam, Ashley K.; Barry, Carolyn McNamara; and Bacchus, Natasha A.
"The relationship between stress and college adjustment: the moderating role of spirituality,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 13
, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol13/iss2/8