Examining the role of religion, spirituality and well-being on adults from divorced and non-divorced parents

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dc.contributor.author Walker, Anthony B.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-05-08T14:02:21Z
dc.date.available 2008-05-08T14:02:21Z
dc.date.issued 2008-05-08T14:02:21Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/717
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this thesis was to examine the well-being of adults from divorced and non-divorced family backgrounds. The thrust of this thesis was to examine if and how adult well-being is influenced by family background factors, specifically support, safety, religiosity and spirituality. Data for this analysis come from the National Survey of the Moral and Spiritual Lives of Children of Divorce, a nationally representative sample of 1,510 adults ages 18-35, evenly divided by either divorced or non-divorced backgrounds. Using Social Learning and Social Exchange Theories, a path model was created to inform and guide this investigation. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were used to identify similarities or differences within and between groups and test hypotheses. Results indicate that adults from divorced homes, lower in spirituality and higher in religiosity experience lower well-being than adults from non-divorced homes, those with higher spirituality or lower religiosity. Childhood religiosity was not related to adult well-being for those from a divorced background. However, childhood religiosity demonstrated a positive relationship with adult well-being for adults from non-divorced backgrounds. The path model uncovered that, among other variables, income and family support were important predictors of well-being across groups. For the divorce group, education appears to be uniquely salient, while spirituality is more influential for the non-divorce group. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject religiosity en
dc.subject spirituality en
dc.subject religion en
dc.subject effects of divorce en
dc.subject adult well-being en
dc.title Examining the role of religion, spirituality and well-being on adults from divorced and non-divorced parents en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.degree Master of Science en
dc.description.level Masters en
dc.description.department Department of Family Studies and Human Services en
dc.description.advisor Farrell J. Webb en
dc.subject.umi Psychology, Social (0451) en
dc.subject.umi Sociology, Individual and Family Studies (0628) en
dc.date.published 2008 en
dc.date.graduationmonth May en


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