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ERIC Number: EJ1112178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Not Just a Prayer before a Test: Theodicy among Students
Daugherty, Timothy K.; Han, Suejung
Education, v137 n1 p59-63 Fall 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine the potential social and academic impact of theodicy, perceived control of events by God. The sample included 428 college students from two public universities, consenting to complete internet-based protocols. Standardized measures included the Theodicy Scale (Daugherty et al., 2009), Work Related Uncertainty Scale (WRUS; Pierce et al., 2011), Big Five Inventory (BFI; John and Srivastava, 1999), and Social Desirability Scale-17 (SDS-17; Stöber, 2001). A stepwise regression analysis found the following variables were significantly associated with theodicy: extraversion, agreeableness, openness, reluctance to disclose uncertainty, and college GPA. Sociable and easy-going, persons with high theodicy scores appear less open to receiving and expressing challenging ideas and tend to achieve lower college grades. The tendency to perceive God as active in the minutia of history may have implications for the academic and personal adjustment of college students, but future research will need to move beyond correlation in order to establish causal relationships.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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