Religiosity and identity among Baptist, Methodist, and Catholic congregants
Although there has been increased interest in the scientific study of religiousness and spirituality, there is relatively little research on religion's effect on identity development (Gebelt & Leak, 2009). This research investigates the relationship between religiosity and identity development in adult congregants. Participants were 51 congregants (ages 18- 85) recruited from one of three churches (Baptist, Catholic, and Methodist) in a rural area of North Central Florida. Relatively high rates of diffusion and identity distress were noted. Religious identity exploration, religious existential questioning, and religious identity commitment were found to be related to overall levels of identity distress, but not to other psychological symptoms (anxiety, distress, and somatization). Religiosity variables were a better predictor of overall identity distress than more global indicators of identity development
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences;Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
UCF Daytona Beach
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Ecker, Reyna Marie, "Religiosity and identity among Baptist, Methodist, and Catholic congregants" (2010). HIM 1990-2015. 929.