Religiosity and well-being among retirees: A question of causality

Ofra Anson, Aaron Antonovsky, Shifra Sagy

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Examined among 639 Jewish retirees (aged 60+ yrs) the relationships between self-rated religiosity (independent variable) and physical and psychological well-being and life satisfaction (dependent variables), using data from a longitudinal study. Findings indicate that self-rated religiosity remained stable, and religiosity did not contribute much to adjustment as measured by life satisfaction. However, while religiosity was only weakly and inversely related to health and psychological distress, poor well-being at Time 1 and decline in well-being during the follow-up year led to an increase in religiosity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-97
Number of pages13
JournalBehavior, Health, & Aging
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1990


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