Material Deprivation and Subjective Poverty Association With Subjective Well-Being Reported by Children: Religiosity as a Protective Factor

Daphna Gross-Manos, Adeem Ahmad Massarwi

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Abstract

This study explores the association between material deprivation and subjective poverty with children’s subjective well-being (SWB) as well as the possible moderating effect of religiosity on this correlation among a representative sample of 2,733 Israeli fourth and sixth graders, Jews, and Arabs. All measures were based on children’s reports, using a survey. The findings show that religiosity plays a protective role in this association. For children with stronger religious beliefs, the association between material deprivation and subjective poverty with subjective well-being is weaker and even insignificant in some of the models, which explains 28%–33% of the variance. Religious practice is not found to have a significant moderating effect on the association between material well-being and subjective well-being, suggesting that religiosity manifests differently among children and adults. These results show the significance that religiosity can play among children at risk as a protective factor. In light of the findings, we emphasize the importance of developing culturally sensitive interventions when tackling child poverty, taking into consideration the role of religiosity in their lives and its impact on children’s well-being. More studies are needed, aiming at explaining the effect of religiosity on children’s well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)622-634
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume92
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Children
  • Material deprivation
  • Religiosity
  • Subjective well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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