University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Utilizing an online survey, this study aimed to examine the extent to which the encouragement of spiritual practice in high school, current endorsement of daily spiritual experience, and ways of coping, predict anxiety levels among college-aged women (N = 140). Participants were recruited through the use of snowball sampling via email and flyers posted around campus. Data was collected via a demographic questionnaire and self-report measures assessing ways of coping, religiosity, and levels of anxiety among the sample. Results of a multiple regression analysis showed that focusing on and venting of emotions, behavioral disengagement, mental disengagement, and the encouragement of spiritual practices in high school, significantly predicted anxiety levels among the sample (p <.05). These findings suggest that undergraduates may need targeted interventions to bolster adaptive ways of coping and that the encouragement of spiritual practice prior to college may serve as a buffer against poor mental health outcomes among undergraduates. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Harris, Madison and Balogun-Mwangi, Oyenike
"Examining the role of high school spiritual practice and ways of coping in levels of anxiety among college-aged women,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 29:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol29/iss1/2