Term of Award

Summer 2007

Degree Name

Master of Science in Experimental Psychology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Creative Commons License
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Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Michael Nielson

Committee Member 1

Janice Steirn

Committee Member 2

Larry Locker


In contrast to research on fundamentalism and death anxiety, there has been very little empirical research on the relationship between a person's eschatology, religious thought and behavior. This study attempts to identify associations between eschatology, religiosity, locus of control, death anxiety, and an individual's concept of God. Respondents were 226 college students who completed a questionnaire designed to assess how religious, psychological, and demographic variables predict eschatological beliefs and attitudes. Most respondents were Christian, Caucasian, and female. Eschatological beliefs were directly associated with religious involvement, hope, a deistic and wrathful image of God, and death anxiety. These beliefs, along with eschatological repulsion, were also inversely associated with religious involvement. Consequently, eschatological beliefs appeared to be associated with an individual's religiosity.

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