Religious Attendance and subjective Well-being in an Eastern-Culture Country: empirical evidence from Taiwan

This paper investigates the relationship between religious attendance and subjective well-being in an Eastern-culture country. The findings of this study indicate that religious attendance has positive relationships with happiness as well as domain satisfactions with interpersonal relationship, heal...

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Published in:Marburg journal of religion
Main Author: Chang, Wen-Chun
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2009]
In:Marburg journal of religion
Year: 2009, Volume: 14, Issue: 1, Pages: 1-30
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Summary:This paper investigates the relationship between religious attendance and subjective well-being in an Eastern-culture country. The findings of this study indicate that religious attendance has positive relationships with happiness as well as domain satisfactions with interpersonal relationship, health, and marital life, but it is not significantly related to the satisfaction with personal financial status. Interestingly, for believers of Eastern religions, those who have a higher level of relative income tend to have higher levels of satisfaction with financial status and health status, but are less satisfied with being free of worry and interpersonal relationship. Moreover, for the adherents of Eastern religions, those who have a higher educational attainment appear to report lower levels of overall happiness and the satisfaction with being free of worry. It appears that the differences in the religious practices and organizational settings between Eastern religions and Western Christianity lead to different patterns of the relationships between religious attendance and various measures of subjective well-being.
ISSN:1612-2941
Contains:Enthalten in: Marburg journal of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.17192/mjr.2009.14.3465