Religiosity and subjective wellbeing in Christianity, Buddhism and Taoism

Ching Han, Lufanna LAI, Robert A. CUMMINS

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Abstract

This study concerns the relationship between religion and subjective wellbeing (SWB). It investigates the relationship between three religions (Christianity, Buddhism and Taoism) and SWB within the revised homeostatic model which integrates the affective factor of homeostatically protected mood (content, happy and excited), cognitive factors (self-esteem, optimism and perceived control) and experiential factors (religiosity and spirituality-religion (S-R) satisfaction) in relating to SWB. Chinese samples in Hong Kong (N=476) were obtained either by convenience sampling or direct recruitment from religious organizations. Data obtained through questionnaire supported that there is generally a positive relationship between religion and SWB, but that relationship is weakest among Buddhists. It is found that spirituality-religion satisfaction is a more powerful predictor of SWB than religiosity. Also, HPMood is a dominating influence in accounting for variance in SWB.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 International Conference On Sociology And Psychology (ICSP 2015)
PublisherDestech Publications, Inc
Pages299-304
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Bibliographical note

Paper presented at the International Conference on Sociology and Psychology (ICSP), Jan 10-11, 2015, Changsha, China.
ISBN of the source publication: 9781605952314

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LAI, C. H. L., & CUMMINS, R. A. (2015). Religiosity and subjective wellbeing in Christianity, Buddhism and Taoism. In 2015 International Conference On Sociology And Psychology (ICSP 2015) (pp. 299-304). Destech Publications, Inc.