Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


McKinney, Clifford

Committee Member

Keeley, Jared

Committee Member

Jacquin, M. Kristine

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Early viewpoints considered religion to be associated with negative mental health or unfit to being observed by scientific practice. However, more recent research has suggested that religion not only may play an important role in determining mental health, but that the particular details of religion and parental religion, such as intrinsic and extrinsic religiosity, strength of religious faith, and religious well-being, have not been examined thoroughly. The current study examined 486 undergraduate students and found that participant and perceived parental religiosity were correlated negatively with participants‘ internalizing and externalizing problems; extrinsic-social religiosity was correlated positively with participants‘ internalizing and externalizing problems; while extrinsic-personal religiosity had no correlation with participants‘ internalizing and externalizing problems. The findings also showed that participant and maternal religious well-being were significant predictors of internalizing problems, while participant and maternal religious well-being, paternal extrinsic-social religiosity, and participant extrinsic-personal religiosity were significant predictors of externalizing problems.



parental religiosity||religiosity||psychopathology