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Edwin Medina is a senior majoring in criminology and law studies and Spanish. Edwin is a Magis Scholar-ship recipient. He enjoys swimming and football. After graduation in May 2015, he plans to pursue graduate school in criminology/ criminal justice.



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The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship faith has to the eleven dimensions that constitute psychological and social well-being. Though there is an existing body of literature concerned with the relationship between faith and well-being, the work examining this relationship among the Hispanic population is limited. With Latinos now constituting the single largest minority population in the United States, we employed data from a sample of 137 Mexican Americans from Wisconsin. We examined the relationship faith salience and religious behaviors have on six dimensions of psychological well-being (Ryff, 2014) and five dimensions of social well-being (Keyes, 1998). Correlations show a significant negative relation between faith salience and autonomy, environmental mastery, and social acceptance. Religious behaviors show a significant positive relation to autonomy and a significant negative relation to social actualization, and social integration. Previous works suggest a positive association between faith and well-being, but our findings provide results contradictory to the literature concerning this relationship.

The Influence of Faith on the Psychosocial Well-Being of Mexican Americans by Edwin Medina is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Publication Date

Fall 2014


Multicultural Psychology | Psychology

Edwin Medina - The Influence of Faith on the Psychosocial Well-Being of Mexican Americans