Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Academic Program

Psychology BS



First Advisor

Lucas A. Keefer, Ph.D.

Advisor Department



This study evaluated the respective relationships between death anxieties and religious coping, of both the positive and negative variety. Two independent samples were collected included the Multidimensional Orientation Toward Dying and Death Inventory (MODDI-F) and the Religious Coping Scale (R-COPE). This data supported the hypothesis by confirming a positive correlation between negative religious coping and Fear of Death. In other words, more death anxious participants also reported more questioning of their faith and their relationship with God in response to stress. In contrast, positive religious coping shared no significant correlations with any death anxiety variables. Because of the clear relationship between these two variables and the relationship that also exists between death anxiety and well-being, this study could have potential implications for psychologists working to improve psychological well-being.