Religious domains and general well-being

  • M. M. Poloma Sociology Department, University of Akron, Akron, 44325, Ohio, United States
  • B. F. Pendleton Sociology Department, University of Akron, Akron, 44325, Ohio, United States

Abstract

With only a few notable exceptions, studies on quality of life or general well-being have failed to deal with religiosity in general, and the development of more refined measures of religious meaning and belonging in particular. Data measuring subjective perceptions of well-being for various domains of life, including neighborhood, employment, work at home, education, friends, household members, marital status, standard of living, health and religion were used to form a number of domain scales. Relationships between the multidimensional concepts of well-being and religiosity are explored and the importance of religiosity in defining well-being is tested. Religious satisfaction was found to be important for general life satisfaction and existential well-being. Among the eight indicators and scales of religiosity, various combinations of religious satisfaction, frequency of prayer, prayer experience, and relationship with God, were important predictors of general life satisfaction, existential well-being, and overall happiness. Under no circumstance did any measure of religosity contribute to negative affect

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Published
2020-10-15
How to Cite
Poloma, M. M., & Pendleton, B. F. (2020). Religious domains and general well-being. Religious Studies: An International Journal, 8(2), 51-68. Retrieved from http://fssh-journal.org/index.php/jrs/article/view/135