Date Presented

Spring 5-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Dr. Alisha Marciano

Second Advisor

Dr. Beth Savage

Third Advisor

Dr. Paul McClure


The purpose of the current study was to examine the impact of religiosity and personality on resilience and coping strategies amongst undergraduate college students. Participants completed four different questionnaires measuring religiosity, personality, resilience, and coping skills, as well as a demographic questionnaire. A two-way factorial ANOVA statistical analysis and correlation analyses were conducted. The findings indicated that participants who were pessimistic reported more use of maladaptive coping strategies than optimistic participants. The main implication of this study was that people who are more pessimistic can be taught how to utilize adaptive coping strategies rather than the maladaptive ones that they may already be using.