Self-Esteem, Religiosity and Psychological Adjustment among Male and Female University Students

Author: Zunairah Uzair

Supervisor: Ms. Tehreem Arshad

Degree: BS

Year: 2005-2009

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The aim of the present study was to find the relationship of self-esteem and religiosity with psychological adjustment with respect to gender differences as well as to find the predictors of psychological adjustment. Three hundred Muslim students: 150 males and 150 females of age range 20-22 years were taken from 2 government universities of Lahore. ‘Demographic questionnaire, Self Esteem Scale, Religious Activity Scale, Religious Belief Scale and Psychological Adjustment Scale were administered. Results found that self-esteem and religious activity were significantly positively related to psychological adjustment. Religious beliefs were not significantly related with psychological adjustment. No significant gender differences were found in self-esteem and religious belief but significant gender differences were found on religious activity. Overall, self-esteem was the strongest predictor of psychological adjustment.

Keywords: Self-Esteem, Psychological Adjustment, Religiosity.

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