Intrinsic-Extrinsic Religious Orientation and Depression: A Correlational Study

Article Title: Intrinsic-Extrinsic Religious Orientation and Depression: A Correlational Study

Author: Saba Yasein

Institute: Islamia University Raheemyar Khan Campus

Author: Fazeela Moghal

Institute: Institute of Clinical Psychology, University of Karachi

Journal: Bahria Journal of Professional Psychology, July 2017, Vol. 16, No. 2, 19-29

Abstract

The aim of present study is to determine the relationship of religious orientation and depression in adults. In this correlational study after detailed literature review it was hypothesized that i) there would be a negative correlation between intrinsic religiousness and depression, ii) there would be a positive correlation between extrinsic religiousness and depression. A sample of 100 students (40 males & 46 females) was collected from different universities situated in Karachi. Their age range was from 18 to 24 years. They were required to fill the demographic form. To measure the variables of religiosity and depression in adults Religious Motivation Scale (Gorsuch, & McPherson, 1989) and Goldberg Depression Scale (Goldberg, 1993) were administered. To assess the relationship between religiosity and depression in adults Pearson Product Moment Coefficient of Correlation was calculated. Obtained results showed no significant relationship between intrinsic-extrinsic religious orientation and depression in students. Obtained results showed no significant relationship between religious motivation and depression; however, this study provides basis for future studies to explore the role of other dimensions of religiosity in depression.

Keywords: Intrinsic-extrinsic religious orientation, depression, psychology of religion, clinical psychology, university students

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