HomeLEAPS: Miriam College Faculty Research Journalvol. 19 no. 1 (2000)

Strength of Faith, Self-Efficacy, and Family Functioning

Caroline S. De Leon

Discipline: Literature, Philosophy



The study sought to examine the relationships among college students' strength of religious faith, self-efficacy, and the five dimensions of family functioning---family affect, family communication, family conflict, family worries, and family rituals.


The Sta. Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire, General Perceived Self-Efficacy Scale .and Family Functioning Scale were administered to 270 college .students of Miriam College. Selection of these instruments was based on the degree of reliability and validity, parsimony, and ease of administration.


Findings revealed strong positive correlation among strength of religious faith, self-efficacy, and total family functioning. Significant differences were found between low-faith and high-faith students in self-efficacy and four dimensions of family functioning. Low-efficacy and high-efficacy students significantly differed in their strength of religious faith and family communication, family rituals, and positive family affect. Significant gender difference was found in strength of religious faith but not in self-efficacy and all five dimensions of family functioning. Results of step-wise regression analyses indicated that strength of religious faith significantly predicted family functioning and its five dimensions. Self-efficacy and gender were not predictive of family functioning. Implications for teachers, counselors, and family life educators were discussed.