RELIGIOUS ORIENTATION AND MENTAL HEALTH: A STUDY WITH TURKISH UNIVERSITY STUDENTS


Kuyel N., Cesur S., ELLISON C. G.

PSYCHOLOGICAL REPORTS, vol.110, no.2, pp.535-546, 2012 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 110 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.2466/02.09.pr0.110.2.535-546
  • Journal Name: PSYCHOLOGICAL REPORTS
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.535-546
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The present study examined the relationship between religious orientation and mental health symptoms among Turkish students. A total of 341 undergraduate students between the ages of 18 and 26 completed the Brief Symptom Inventory and Age Universal Intrinsic-Extrinsic Scale. Extrinsic orientation was found to be correlated positively with symptoms of anxiety and depression. There were also significant correlations between hostility scores and both intrinsic and extrinsic religious orientations. Patterns were similar to those reported previously, but correlations were mostly in the .10-.14 range. In multiple-regression models, extrinsic orientation emerged as the only significant predictor for hostility, anxiety, and depression; however, only 2% of the variance was explained.