Spiritual Disciplines and Psychological Outcomes: Mediated by Spiritual Well-being

Marissa Barber Huntington University, Sidney Miller Huntington University, Libni Garcia Huntington University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Rebekah Benjamin Huntington University
Past research has found that individuals who attended small groups such as Bible studies, prayer groups, etc. felt more spiritual support from church members, which led them to feel that they were growing spiritually (Krause et al., 2013). Researchers also discovered that people who felt that they were gaining a deeper meaning of life from attending small church groups also felt as though they were gaining better health (Kause et al., 2013). As can be seen through different studies, people have been able to benefit mentally and emotionally through their spiritual practices. Further research has discovered that individuals who were considered to have high spiritual instability are more likely to struggle with optimism, understanding the purpose behind a struggle, and seeing the lesson in it (Paine & Sandage, 2015). Thus, low spiritual well-being can be associated with negative psychological outcomes. There are four proposed hypotheses for this study: (1) the practice of spiritual disciplines positively correlates with positive psychological outcomes; (2) the practice of spiritual disciplines positively correlates with perceived spiritual well-being; (3) perceived spiritual well-being positively correlates with positive psychological outcomes; (4) perceived spiritual well-being will be the mediator between spiritual disciplines and psychological outcomes. Participants will include undergraduate students at Huntington University and Utah Valley University. Researchers will assess participants’ spiritual disciplines and their positive psychological outcomes that are mediated by their perceived spiritual well-being in order to examine the relationship between the three variables.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

11:00 AM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 204