Meaning, Purpose, and Religiosity in At-Risk Youth: The Relationship between Anxiety and Spirituality

Timothy L. Davis, Barbara A. Kerr, Sharon Kurpius

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Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between spiritual well-being and anxiety in at-risk adolescents. The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, the Spiritual Well-Being Scale, a revised version of the AllportRoss Religious Orientation Scale, and the Social Provisions Scale were administered to 45 male and female high school students who were considered to be at-risk. The research found that the higher the spiritual well-being, existential well-being, religious well-being and intrinsic religious orientation were among males, the lower the anxiety. Only lower existential well-being was associated with lower anxiety among females. Spiritual well-being and female gender were found to be the best predictors of anxiety from the variables studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-365
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Psychology and Theology
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Psychology(all)

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