Brescia Psychology Undergraduate Honours Theses

Date of Award

Spring 4-30-2019




Dr. John Mitchell


This study investigated the effects of spirituality and religiosity on subjective well-being. Religiosity was measured as intrinsic and extrinsic orientations using the Revised Religious Life Inventory (RLI-R) and spirituality was measured using the Spiritual Transcendence Scale (STS). Fifty-four participants were recruited from an all-female undergraduate population. Participants completed the RLI-R and STS followed by measures of subjective well-being including life satisfaction, self-esteem, positive and negative affect, and perceived stress. Participants were separated into groups using a median split based on their scores on the subscales of the RLI-R and combined STS scores. The results of the MANOVA indicated that low extrinsic religiosity mediates the relationship between high intrinsic religiosity, and low spirituality with the measures of subjective well-being, including high self-esteem, low negative affect and low perceived stress. Past research has not often separated intrinsic, extrinsic religiosity and spirituality, these findings indicate a need for such separation.