Mental Health and Fundamentalist Religiosity

Caleb Harlow Huntington University, Sheriece Wingo Huntington University, Amber Klopfenstein Huntington University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Rebekah Benjamin Huntington University
Past studies have had mixed results on whether fundamentalist background and religious practices have positive or negative effects on mental health. This study aims to clarify that research. The proposed study seeks to identify any relationship that may exist between mental illness and fundamentalist religion and to examine the data on the relationship if such a relationship is identified. The hypotheses that will be tested are as follows: 1) Individuals from more fundamentalist backgrounds will have a higher occurrence of mood pathology than individuals from less fundamentalist backgrounds; 2) of individuals from more fundamentalist backgrounds, those who have left their faith tradition will have a higher rate of mood pathology; 3) Individuals from fundamentalist backgrounds will be less likely to acknowledge their mood pathology or seek treatment. The recruitment process will include students at Huntington University and Utah Valley University, and we will also recruit from social media outlets such as Facebook. All participants will be 18 or older. The study will be conducted using online surveys that incorporate the 18-item Mental Health Inventory (MHI) and Revised Religious Fundamentalism Scale (RRFS).
Oral Presentation

When & Where

01:45 PM
Gallahue Hall 101