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The Sanctification of the Body and Behavioral Health Patterns of College Students
Psychiatry Publications and Presentations
  • Annette Mahoney, Bowling Green State University
  • Robert A. Carels, Bowling Green State University
  • Kenneth I. Pargament, Bowling Green State University
  • Amy B. Wachholtz, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Laur Edwards Leeper, Bowling Green State University
  • Mary Kaplar, Bowling Green State University
  • Robin Frutchey, Bowling Green State University
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Publication Date
Document Type
Students; Body Image; Perception; Self Concept; Religion
This study applies the construct of sanctification to college students' perceptions of their bodies. Students (N = 289) completed measures on the extent to which they viewed their bodies as being a manifestation of God (e.g., "My body is a temple of God") and as characterized by sacred qualities (e.g., holy, blessed, sacred). Greater levels of both forms of sanctification were related to higher levels of health-protective behaviors, strenuous exercise, satisfaction with one's body, and disapproval of alcohol consumption as well as to lower levels of illicit drug use, unhealthy eating practices, and alcohol consumption. Viewing the body as having sacred qualities was also related to lower rates of binge eating and illicit drug use.
DOI of Published Version
10.1207/s15327582ijpr1503_3 Previously issued as
Mahoney, A., Carels, R.A., Pargament, K.I., Wachholtz, A.B., Edwards-Leeper, L., Kaplar, M., & Frutchey, R. (2005). The Sanctification of the Body and Behavioral Health Patterns of College Students. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 15, 221-238. DOI 10.1207/s15327582ijpr1503_3 Previously issued as Bowling Green State University Working Paper Series 02-19.
At the time of publication, Amy B. Wachholtz was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Citation Information
Annette Mahoney, Robert A. Carels, Kenneth I. Pargament, Amy B. Wachholtz, et al.. "The Sanctification of the Body and Behavioral Health Patterns of College Students" Vol. 15 Iss. 3 (2005)
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