Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2012

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

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First Advisor

Carolyn Mebert


In this study, longitudinal associations among religiosity, identity style, identity commitment, and depression were examined in a sample of late adolescents. Online survey data were collected in two waves with an approximate six-week interval. Correlations demonstrated that high levels of negative aspects of religiosity, such as negative religious coping, predicted high levels of depression. Other aspects of religiosity, such as positive religious coping, did not predict depression. In addition, high levels of diffuse-avoidant identity style predicted high levels of depression, and high levels of identity commitment predicted low levels of depression. However, when a regression was performed with all the predictors of wave 2 depression and controlling for depression at wave 1, the predictors were no longer significant. Associations between identity and religiosity were also examined.

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