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Journal Article

Religious Doubt and Psychological Well-Being: A Longitudinal Investigation

Neal Krause
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 47, No. 3 (Mar., 2006), pp. 287-302
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3512359
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to see if religious doubt is associated with change in three measures of psychological well-being over time: Life satisfaction, self-esteem, and optimism. Two main hypotheses are evaluated. The first specifies that greater doubt about religion is associated with a decline in well-being over time. The second hypothesis states that high levels of educational attainment tend to buffer or offset the deleterious effects of doubt on well-being. Data from a longitudinal nationwide survey of older adults provides support for both hypotheses. The theoretical implications of these findings are discussed and recommendations for further work in the field are provided.

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