Author: Ummall Baneen
Supervisor: Zaeema Farooq
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present research was intended to investigate the relationship between homesickness, religiosity and mental health in hostelites. It was hypothesized that the homesickness is likely to be positive predictor of psychological distress and homesickness would be negative predictor of psychological well-being. Religiosity would likely to be positive predictor of psychological well-being and religiosity would likely to be negative predictor of psychological distress. A sample of 237 hostelites (N = 237)129 female students (n = 129) and 108 male students (n = 108) with age range 18-26 years (M = 21.84, SD = 1.24) was taken from different government universities’ hostels. Homesickness Questionnaire (Archer, Ireland, Amos, Broad & Currind, 1998) Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire (Plante Boccacini, 1997) and Mental Health Inventory (J. E. Ware, Jr, 1993) were used to assess home sickness, religiosity and mental health respectively. Data was analyzed through Pearson Product Moment Correlation and hierarchical regression analysis. Results revealed that homesickness emerged as a positive predictor of psychological distress. Religiosity emerged as a positive predictor of psychological well-being. The present study is beneficial in providing focus on religious counseling of new comers in universities.
Keywords: Homesickness, Religiosity, Mental Health.
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