L’Observatoire des religions

Islamic religiosity, subjective well-being, and health

mercredi 26 novembre 2008 par Habib Tiliouine a ; Robert A. Cummins b ; Melanie Davern c

The aim of this paper is to explore the relationship between Islamic religiosity and satisfaction with a diverse range of life and health domains, in a sample of 2909 participants (1446 males, 1463 females) from Algeria

. Factor analysis of the Islamic Religiosity Scale (IRS) indicates that it measures Religiosity as a multidimensional construct with two useful factors : Religious Practice and Religious Altruism. Religiosity at some level is ubiquitous through this sample, and it has a strong positive relationship with Subjective Well-Being (SWB).

Moreover, this relationship is relatively unaffected by health deficiencies, even though such deficiencies generally have a negative influence on SWB scores. These findings are discussed in terms of the social context of Algeria.

Affiliations : a Laboratory of Educational Processes & Social Context (Labo-PECS), University of Oran, Algeria

b School of Psychology, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

c The McCaughey Centre, VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

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