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Religiosity, Life Meaning and Wellbeing: Some Relationships in a Sample of Women

Kerry Chamberlain and Sheryl Zika
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 27, No. 3 (Sep., 1988), pp. 411-420
DOI: 10.2307/1387379
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1387379
Page Count: 10
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Religiosity, Life Meaning and Wellbeing: Some Relationships in a Sample of Women
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Abstract

In recent years considerable interest has been focused on the relationship between religiosity and psychological wellbeing. This article examines religiosity as a predictor of different components of wellbeing, in the context of several measures of meaning in life, with a sample of women. It is proposed that religiosity may show different relationships to the major wellbeing dimensions of life satisfaction, positive affect, and negative affect. The results demonstrate the religion-wellbeing relationship to be variable. The pattern of results was not consistent, with specific results finding direct (zero-order) and mediated, suppressed, or interactive (second-order) associations between religiosity and specific components of wellbeing, when life meaning was taken into account. The findings support earlier research in demonstrating that the religiosity-wellbeing relationship, where it does occur, is positive but small.

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