Date of Award

Spring 5-2013

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Child and Family Studies

First Advisor

Angel Lewis Herring

Advisor Department

Child and Family Studies


The study examined the relationship between the level of commitment to intrinsic religiosity and the role of relational aggression in the lives of middle-aged women. Research has shown that middle-aged women participate in relational aggression, but few studies have investigated it. The causes and methods of prevention in relational aggression are something to be considered, and a first step is examining risk and protective factors. Is intrinsic religiosity a protective or risk factor for participating as an instigator in relational aggression? Does intrinsic religiosity actually buffer the negative effects associated with victimization in relational aggression? Based on research that previously examined the relationship between religiosity and prosociality, I hypothesized that women who are more intrinsically religious will be less likely to participate in relational aggression. Based on research surrounding the benefits of religion to well-being, I also hypothesized that more intrinsically religious women will feel less victimized by aggression than women who are less intrinsically religious.