Thesis Title

Religious Problem-Solving and Explanatory Style: Relationships Between Religious Coping and Pessimism

Date of Graduation

Summer 1999

Degree

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

Donn Kaiser

Subject Categories

Psychology

Abstract

This study examines the relationships among religious problem-solving style, explanatory or attributional style, and dispositional optimism-pessimism. It also seeks to determine the degree to which these styles predict depressive symptoms. Ninety-three students enrolled in psychology classes received credit for completing questionnaires regarding explanatory style, religious coping, pessimism, depressive symptoms, and hope. Results indicated that while measures of pessimism and pessimistic explanatory style were related to depressive symptomology, religious problem-solving styles failed to predict or moderate levels of depression or hopelessness. The implication for the inclusion of religious beliefs in cognitive approaches and the benefit of such investigations by gender is discussed.

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© Martaun Stockstill

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