Relationship between strength of a religious affiliation and perceived stress level

The purpose of this study is to determine if there was a relationship between perceived stress level and connection to a religious affiliation. The question guiding this study was: Does being connected to a religious affiliation reduce the stress of undergraduate CSU, Stanislaus college students? The research question is addressed through a quantitative descriptive survey. The participants of this study had to be attending CSU, Stanislaus full-time and be undergraduate students. The online survey received 391 completed responses. The survey has 17 questions of which 14 of the questions are taken from the Perceived Stress Scale or the PSS-14. The results reveal that the majority of participants identify with being connected to a religious affiliation and fall into the category of having medium levels of stress. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) analyses shows that there were not any significant differences in individual’s perceived stress score based on their connection to a religious affiliation. Further research needs to be done to examine the relationship.