Examining spirituality and intrinsic religious orientation as a means of coping with exam anxiety

Biggs, Herbert C. & McMahon, Brendan T. (2012) Examining spirituality and intrinsic religious orientation as a means of coping with exam anxiety. Vulnerable Groups and Inclusion, 3.

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Spirituality and religiosity have traditionally had a troubled relationship with psychology. However, a new field of study has emerged that is examining the health benefits of spirituality and religion. The current study examined the relationship between spirituality, religiosity and coping among a group of university students facing exams. Participants completed the Spiritual Well-Being Scale, Age Universal Religious Orientation Scale, Spiritual Transcendence Scale, Brief COPE, Test Anxiety Inventory, and State Trait Anxiety Inventory. Regression analyses found that existential well-being as measured by the Spiritual Well Being Scale was the best predictor of reduced anxiety. Maladaptive coping, however, was found to be inversely related to spirituality and religiosity, but highly predictive of elevated anxiety in this sample. Strengths and limitations of this study along with recommendations for further research are made.

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ID Code: 49913
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: spirituality, psychology of religion, anxiety, intrinsic religiosity, coping, exam stress
DOI: 10.3402/vgi.v3i0.14918
ISSN: 2000-8023
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Brendan T. McMahon & Herbert C. Biggs.
Copyright Statement: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/), permitting all non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2012 01:38
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:44

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