Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


McKinney, Cliff

Committee Member

Oliveros, Arazais

Committee Member

Nadorff, Danielle

Committee Member

Jones, Torri

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Clinical Psychology

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychology


Although parental religiosity generally has been associated with positive child outcomes it also has been connected to the use of corporal punishment and authoritarian parenting style. Thus, other variables must exist which influence how the interaction between religiosity and parenting practices influence child outcomes, such as regional differences (i.e., conservatism, population density, etc.). The current study expanded upon previous literature by examining maternal and paternal variables, extending the study to emerging adults, examining emerging adult gender, various religions, and different regions of the United States (i.e., Northeast, South, Midwest, West), as well as levels of conservatism and population density (i.e., urban vs rural areas). An MTURK sample asked participants to report their parents’ religiosity, parenting style, and conservatism as well as their own religiosity and region where they grew up. Structural equation modeling was used, and results indicated that parenting style moderated the relationship between parental religiosity and child outcomes and those interactions were further moderated by conservatism as well as geographic and population density regions (i.e., 3-way interaction).