School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
college students and anxiety, college students and depression, college students and church attendance, college students and religion
Counseling | Education
Moore, Elizabeth Cross, "The Effects of Religiosity on College Students’ Anxiety and Depression, Moderated by Church Attendance" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4379.
Current studies confirm that depression and anxiety are prevalent among college students in the United States and are often recurring during early adulthood. There are various causes of this condition and evidence that parental influence affects a college student’s religiosity and church attendance. The current study investigated the effects of religiosity on the level of anxiety and depression among college students in the United States, moderated by church attendance. Studies have found that religion has a positive relationship with physical, mental, and physiological factors (Steffen, 2014). The results of this study indicate religiosity has a significant effect on depression in college students. Furthermore, church attendance had a significant effect on anxiety and depression, and depression level was significantly changed between the different types of churches. There were no significant effects between religiosity and church attendance. Parental influence had a significant positive effect on a student’s church attendance. Students and mental health professionals may benefit from further research on the current topic.
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