Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award



Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Richard Beck

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

David Mosher

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Scott Perkins


Religion plays a crucial role in many peoples’ lives, shaping the way they interact with the world and react to stressors. The Relational Spirituality Model (Sandage & Shults, 2007) posits that individuals’ relationship with God resembles humans’ relationships with one another. That is, relationships consist of intimacy and closeness as well as independence and time away from each other, otherwise known as dwelling and seeking. Previous literature has analyzed the relationship between spiritual coping and well-being, yet none have analyzed the relationship between spiritual seeking and overall well-being using attitudes towards mental health as a moderator. Participants were 84 undergraduate and graduate students from Abilene Christian University, as well as friends on social media who completed demographic questions and six scales measuring attitudes towards mental health, faith maturity, spiritual seeking, and overall well-being. Though no moderating effects were found, negative religious coping negatively correlated with mental health stigma. Implications of the findings, limitations, and future directions are also discussed.

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