Preferred Name

Molly Bradshaw

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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


School of Communication Studies


C. Leigh Nelson

Isaac Woo

Eric Fife


Two separate studies were conducted to examine whether communication variables impact religious views and church attendance. For the first study, 228 students from a large Southeastern university completed a web survey. The second study was a web survey of 204 adults that was conducted via Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTURK). Both surveys were sent out to determine one’s motivations to attend a small, medium, or large church using family communication, anxiety, expectations, and religion variables as predictors. Family communication, anxiety, and expectancy variables were positively correlated to many aspects of religious views. Hierarchical regression models utilizing demographics, family communication, anxiety, expectancy violations, and religious variables to predict types of church attendance were significant. This indicates that understanding one’s family communication patterns, expectancies, and religious views surrounding church and religion influence people’s desire to attend a specific sized church environment.



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