Senior Honors Theses

Author(s)

Sadie DavisFollow

Publication Date

Spring 4-25-2017

School

School of Behavioral Sciences

Major

Psychology

Keywords

Prayer, Attachment to God, Stress, College Students, Psychology

Abstract

The current study analyzed the impact of trust-based prayer expectancies on the relationship between attachment to God and perceived stress levels. High trust-based prayer expectancies indicate a high trust in God to answer prayers in His time and in His way. It was hypothesized that trust-based prayer expectancies would mediate the relationship between attachment to God and perceived stress, since prayer expectancies are heavily reliant on trust in and a belief that God is a secure base. Three-hundred fifteen college students were surveyed on their trust-based prayer beliefs, perceived stress, and attachment to God. Results of the study indicated a significant indirect effect in which avoidance in one’s attachment to God predicted perceived stress by way of trust-based prayer expectancies. However, there was not a significant indirect effect linking anxiety in one’s attachment to God and perceived stress by way of trust-based prayer expectancies. Implications of the research suggest that trust-based prayer expectancies may be useful in reducing stress for individuals with avoidant attachment styles. Other possible mediators of the relationship between attachment to God and perceived stress may exist.

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