Date of Award

Summer 2006

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

St. Aubin, Ed de

Second Advisor

Saunders, Stephen

Third Advisor

Sheikh, Anees


This dissertation examines a new theoretical model that uses Tomkins' (1963; 1987) persona) ideology construct and its underlying dimensions of humanism and normativism to connect aspects of religiosity, religious coping, and well-being. The unified model delineates how peoples' personal philosophies of life, that is their ideology, influences their involvement with religion, how their involvement with religion helps them cope with negative life events, and how their religiosity and religious coping relates to their well-being. Specifically, the study will seek to address two questions: (1) how personal ideology influences religious practices, motivation, beliefs, methods of religious coping, and well-being, and (2) how persona) ideology, religiosity, and religious coping relate to several domains of well-being...



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