The effect of religious faith on well-being
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Past research suggests that religion has a positive effect on well-being, (Abdel-Khalek & Naceur, 2007). The aim of this study was to find out if religious faith had a positive effect on well-being. Well-being was measured by assessing subjective happiness, satisfaction with life, psychological health, meaning in life, and perceived social support. There was a total of 55 participants who took part. Pearson’s correlation was run in order to find relationships between variables, and also a MANOVA was run to find any significant differences between those who claimed to believe in God and those claimed to have no belief in God. Results partially supported the hypothesis as a significant correlation was found between strength of religious faith and general health questionnaire scores (GHQ-12), suggesting that the greater the strength of religious faith, the better the individual’s psychological health. There was also a significant correlation between strength of religious faith and satisfaction with life, indicating that the stronger the level of religious faith the greater the satisfaction with life. Results also showed that those who believed in God had greater mean meaning in life, and subjective happiness scores.
B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology
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