This study examines the relationship between superstitious behaviors and trait anxiety. Researchers randomly selected participants from college campuses for a 28-question survey measuring superstitiousness and the 20-question State-Trait-Anxiety-Inventory (STAI) to measure symptoms of anxiety. Results show a positive correlation between superstitious behaviors and an increase in anxiety symptoms. Significant gender differences were found; women scored higher on superstitiousness survey and the STAI-X2 test. Superstitious behaviors were a significant indicator for developing trait anxiety.
"A Closer Look at the Relationship Between Superstitious Behaviors and Trait Anxiety,"
Rollins Undergraduate Research Journal: Vol. 5
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarship.rollins.edu/rurj/vol5/iss2/5