INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL HUMANITIES SCIENCES RESEARCH (JSHSR)

Abstract


AN INVESTIGATION OF THE PSYCHOSOCIAL EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC PROCESS ON THE THEOLOGY STUDENTS IN TERMS OF VARIOUS VARIABLES

It is an accepted prediction that religion is one of the determining factors in shaping the psychosocial world of man. The ability of a person, who has experienced a development process in terms of physiological, social, emotional, linguistic and cognitive as well as religious aspects, to form a balanced personality and to be healthy in all aspects is a matter that is shaped by the success of the development process. In this respect, it is religious education that has the potential to directly affect the expected contribution of religion to human beings, religious development and the positive or negative aspects of the relationship it establishes with religion. While a quality religious education finds positive touches in life depending on the positive meaning attributed to religion; A poor quality religious education corresponds to many psychosocial problems in life. It is possible to show the psychological health level of religious educators as one of the factors affecting the quality of religious education. Psychologically unhealthy religious educators cannot be expected to contribute to individuals' establishing a positive relationship with religion. In this context, our research aims to investigate the psychosocial effects of the global epidemic pandemic process, which is seen to be the source of various fractures in the psychological world of human beings, as in all dimensions of social life, on theology students who are candidate religious educators. The research sample consists of a total of 358 Theology students, 222 (62%) girls and 136 (38%) boys, who randomly participated in the questionnaire we organized interactively. With the "personal information form", the data obtained using the "Pandemic questionnaire" consisting of twenty four items aimed at determining the psychosocial levels of the students of Theology during the pandemic process, were determined in the SPSS program by frequency, arithmetic mean, standard deviation; As the survey values were not within the normal distribution score range, the Mann Whitney U, Kruskal Wallis H and Post hoc analysis procedures, which are among the nonparametric tests, were performed with the significance level of p <0.05 and the following results were obtained: The effect of the variables "gender, class, curriculum, geographical area, and willingly choosing the theology faculty" on the psychosocial state of the sample during the pandemic process is not statistically significant; The difference between "taking religious reference in economic situation and life" variables is significant; In the questionnaire, it was determined that the item “Frequency of thinking about death” during the pandemic process reached the highest effect on the sample.



Keywords
Psychology Of Religion, Pandemic, Theology, Religious Development.



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