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A study of religiosity and psychological well-being

Chime, Emilia (2015) A study of religiosity and psychological well-being. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The present study was designed to investigate the relationship between religiosity and psychological well-being in a sample of Irish Christians. Previous research has revealed that personal devotion, participation in religious activities, and religious salience are positively associated with different aspects of psychological well-being. A sample of 70 men and 70 women age range of 20 to 78 years participated in the study. These were skewed with respect to church attendance (60% female) and education level (80% has high education level). Church attendance, frequency of prayer, obligatory prayers, religious services attendance and religious importance were selected as independent variables as well as measures of Religiosity while life satisfaction and self-esteem were selected as dependent variables because they reflects important dimensions of psychological well-being. Sex was significantly associated to church attendance, frequency of prayer and obligatory prayers. Women were shown to be more religious than men. Correlation analysis revealed that religious service attendance and obligatory prayers were associated with high level of self-esteem. Regression analysis also revealed a significant positive association between self-esteem and religiosity. A strong positive relationship was revealed between religious service attendance and psychological well-being. In contrast with the hypothesis that life satisfaction will be associated with self-esteem, correlation result showed a negative non- relationship between life satisfaction and self-esteem, The pent study supports the hypothesized positive association between religiosity and psychological well-being although the sample was only limited to a small portion of Irish population.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2015 10:21
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2015 10:22

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