Date of Award

Summer 6-3-2015

Document Type



Behavioral Sciences

First Advisor

Karl Bailey, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Daune C. McBride, Ph.D.


What is the relationship between religiosity and perceived stress among college students? Previous research has suggested that religiosity is a buffer against outside stressors. Our study specifically focused on two forms of religiosity internalization: identified regulation and introjected regulation. Seventy-nine undergraduate students, in attendance at Andrews University, self-reported their perceived stress and religiosity levels as participants in a subject pool. Multiple linear regression analysis revealed that identified regulation was a significant predictor of stress perception levels compared to introjected regulation. We conclude that students who have a more internalized religious belief system are more likely to exhibit lower stress levels.