The Effects of Divine Comfort and Divine Strain on Self-Efficacy and Positive Well-Being Among Adolescents
This study was designed to examine the role of self-efficacy in explaining the link between divine comfort, divine strain, and adolescent positive well-being. Further, I examined the interaction between divine strain and divine comfort in relation to self-efficacy and positive well-being to capture the possible complexity of holding both views towards the divine. Research has found that both divine strain and divine comfort have opposing effects on adolescent positive well-being, but there remains a gap in psychological literature regarding their interaction. It may be that divine comfort is more effective in producing or enhancing self-efficacy, and, in turn, well-being, when individuals have relatively low levels of divine strain. I have examined how divine strain interacts with the relationship between divine comfort and self-efficacy, which previous research has found to generally produce well-being. Confirming the hypotheses, multiple regression analyses revealed that divine comfort fosters positive well-being through greater perceptions of self-efficacy only when levels of divine strain are at a low or medium level. Hypotheses and results are considered, and the implications of these findings are discussed.
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)
Divine strain, Divine comfort, Self-efficacy, Positive psychological well-being, Positive well-being, Well-being, Spirituality, Adolescents, Youth, Teenagers, Religious life, Psychology and religion
Clinical Psychology | Personality and Social Contexts