The relationship between religious orientation and happiness: The mediating role of purpose in life

Stuart CATHCART

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Studies have demonstrated a positive association between religiosity and happiness and that other variables including purpose in life may account for this relationship. Few studies have examined the relationship between religious orientation and happiness, therefore the present study investigated whether purpose in life mediates the relationship between religious orientation and happiness. Three hundred and forty-two university students (men = 117 and women = 225) from Australia participated in the study. The results indicate that for women, purpose in life mediates the relationship between intrinsic religious orientation and happiness and for men, purpose in life mediates the relationship between extrinsic social religious orientation and happiness. The results are unexpected as intrinsic religious orientation negatively predicted happiness, whereas extrinsic social religious orientation positively predicted happiness. These findings suggest that further studies are needed to advance the understanding of these complex relationships
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-507
Number of pages14
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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