Religiosity and Life Satisfaction in economically Developed European Countries

Mentus, Vladimir (2019) Religiosity and Life Satisfaction in economically Developed European Countries. In: Traditional and Non-Traditional Religiosity: (A Thematic Collection of Papers of International Significance). Series Edited volumes . Institute of Social Sciences ; Yugoslav Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, Belgrade ; Niš, pp. 248-261. ISBN 978-86-7093-227-2; 978-86-86957-21-4

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In this paper the relationship between religiosity and life satisfaction in economically developed European countries is examined. The data come from the last round of the European Social Survey, from 2016. This data gives an opportunity to analyze three dimensions of religiosity – self-rating religiosity, frequency of attendance of religious services apart from special occasions, and frequency of praying apart from at religious services. On the other hand, life satisfaction data is provided using the single-item self-rating scale. The data from more than 22,000 respondents from 12 economically developed European countries indicated very weak relationship between all examined religiosity dimensions and life satisfaction. In the discussion, possible explanations for lack of relationship between these variables are provided – in the first place by examining existing evidence that in economically developed societies religion has little importance for individual well-being.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: religiosity, life satisfaction, Europe, secularization, cross-section
Institutional centre: Centre for sociological research and anthropological research
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 25 Dec 2019 10:08
Last Modified: 25 Dec 2019 10:08

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