Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

William Buhrow, Jr., Psy.D

Second Advisor

Amber Nelson, Psy.D.

Third Advisor

Christopher Spromberg, Psy.D.


Men are subject to a variety of physical, mental, and social challenges (Garside & Klimes-Dougan, 2002; Lawson et al., 2015; O’Neil, 1981; Pleck, 1995, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have also been a major predictor of negative health outcomes (Felitti et al., 1998, p. 251). While many studies have observed the correlation of masculinity and these negative health outcomes, few have sought to understand the relationship between masculine presentation and ACEs. Religious coping has been seen to reduce distress and contribute to posttraumatic response (Pargament et al., 2000; Prati & Pietrantoni, 2009; Fallot & Heckman, 2005). This study utilized a survey approach to gather data on masculine trait presentation, ACEs, and positive and negative religious coping styles among college-age men at a private, Christian university. Results indicated a relationship between some subscales of masculine traits and ACEs and supported evidence of a relationship between religious coping style and masculine trait presentation among men who endorsed ACEs.

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