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The “Interior” Lives of American College Students: Preliminary Findings from a National Study

Jennifer A. Lindholm

in Passing on the Faith

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226474
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236640 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226474.003.0005

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

The “Interior” Lives of American College               Students: Preliminary Findings from a National Study

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Using qualitative and quantitative data collected as part of an ongoing national study on college-student spirituality, this chapter provides an overview of preliminary findings on the perspectives and practices of undergraduate college students within the United States today. Among the findings are that about 29% of respondents had attended religious services frequently during the past year, 78% said they discuss religion and spirituality with their friends, and 77% indicated that they pray. Undergraduates' sense of personal well-being was found to decline significantly during the college years. However, those who are highly involved in religion are less likely to experience psychological distress (e.g., feeling overwhelmed by all they have to do or that their lives are filled with stress and anxiety) and less likely to report poor emotional health.

Keywords: college students; spirituality; religious belief; religiousness

Chapter.  9920 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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