The purpose of this study was to identify the possible relationship between spiritual well being and college adjustment in first-year college students. The Spiritual Well Being Scale and the College Adjustment Scales were administered. Relational analysis was used to investigate 91 college freshmen enrolled in a freshman seminar course at Charleston Southern University, Charleston, South Carolina. This relational analysis included both psychological and developmental aspects of college adjustment in nine specific areas of college adjustment: anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, family relationships, academic problems, and career problems. A statistically significant relationship was found between spiritual well being and all nine of the scales of the College Adjustment Scales. A moderate correlation was found between spiritual well being and anxiety, depression, self-esteem, interpersonal problems, academic problems, and career problems in college freshmen. A low correlation was found between spiritual well being and suicidal ideation, substance abuse, and family problems in college freshmen. Also, a significant difference was found between religious well being and existential well being scores.
Ratliff, Robert E.
"The Relationship Between Spiritual Well Being and College Adjustment for Freshmen at a Southeastern University,"
Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development: Vol. 5
, Article 4.
Available at: https://pillars.taylor.edu/acsd_growth/vol5/iss5/4