Religiosity and Healthy Dependency as Predictors of Spiritual Well-Being


Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


This study investigated diverse measures of religiosity (i.e., religious orientation, coping, and problem solving) and healthydependencyas correlates and predictors of spiritual well-being. Results from an undergraduate sample (84 women and 52 men) indicated a pattern of inverse associations between religiosity and unhealthy dependency. Moreover, both religiosity (positive and negative coping for men, extrinsic motivation and a less self-directed problem-solving style forwomen)and healthydependency(for women)predicted spiritual well-being.Thesefindings provide preliminary support for the study of spiritual well-being as an outcome and for the inclusion of both religious andpersonalityvariables as predictors. Implications for future research are presented.

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