Objective: College marks a time of transition and self-exploration. Quality of life can be enhanced or diminished throughout this experience. The objective of this study was to identify the level of religiosity, spirituality and quality of life and identify if there was a relationship between a person's level of religiosity and spirituality and quality of life.

Participants and Methods: The sample group, consisting of 548 Midwestern university undergraduate students, completed the Spiritual Wellbeing Scale (SWBS) and the Ontological Wellbeing Scale (OWBS) in the spring semester of 2015.

Results: Findings indicate that Midwestern university students have a moderate sense of spiritual wellbeing and a high quality of life. Participants' who reported experiencing higher levels of existential wellbeing, also scored higher on spirituality wellbeing. Results revealed a positive statistically significant relationship between all measured variables.

Conclusions: There is a positive relationship between spiritual wellbeing, religious wellbeing, existential wellbeing, and quality of life. As spiritual wellbeing increased, hope increased and regret decreased. Recommendations for future research include examining different measures and other quality of life variables, conducting a regression analysis, measuring a more diverse sample, and a longitudinal approach.


Joseph D. Visker

First Committee Member

Judith Luebke

Second Committee Member

Amy Hedman

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Health Science


Allied Health and Nursing

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