Document Type

Research Paper

Date of Completion

7-2020

Department

​Behavioral Sciences

Faculty Mentor

Jeremiah Sullins

Abstract

Social isolation has become a public policy under the current circumstances. This isolation can lead to a life imbalance that is believed to affect physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Previous research shows that both, a defined sense of religiosity or affirmative secularity, can yield progressive emotional outcomes due to multiple factors such as community support, sense of structure, life guidance, mindfulness and a sense of unity with the world. However, a gap exists in the extant literature regarding the relationship between mental health and religiosity during global pandemics. In order to address this gap, this study sought to answer the following question: Does religiosity significantly affect mental health in those that have reported being impacted by COVID-19? The present study found no statistically significant differences in the levels of anxiety or depression as a function of religiosity. There also was no significant correlation between anxiety and the different dimensions of religiosity or depression and religiosity.

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