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Very religious are healthier than non-religious, part 1: "Religious Americans Enjoy Higher Wellbeing”
This post will begin a multi part series on the fact that “Very religious” people are more mentally, emotionally and physically healthy than “Nonreligious.”
Keep in mind that while all atheists are “nonreligious,” not all “nonreligious” are atheists.
Also, keep in mind that some atheists engage in religious practices such as Sam Harris: the mystic atheist Buddhist who does not like the terms mystic atheist or Buddhist (see here). And keep in mind that for some, if not all, atheists, atheism is a “religion.”
…Americans who are the most religious also have the highest levels of wellbeing. The statistically significant relationship between religiousness and wellbeing holds up after controlling for numerous demographic variables. Higher levels of healthy behaviors, life evaluation, work environment perceptions, and emotional health affect religious Americans' high wellbeing.
“Well-Being Index score” for the “Very religious” was 68.7 whilst for both “Moderately religious” and “Nonreligious” it was the same, at 64.2.1
The difference in wellbeing between the religious and nonreligious populations is highly statistically significant given the large sample size this research uses, and would occur by chance alone on an infrequent basis. The difference is also notable given that Well-Being Index scores do not vary widely across sub-groups of the U.S. population…Very religious Americans enjoy at least modestly higher scores across all six of the key wellbeing areas compared with moderately and nonreligious Americans.
The six are as follows:
The most substantial differences between the very religious and nonreligious groups are in the Healthy Behaviors, Life Evaluation, Work Environment, and Emotional Health indexes. Differences between the very religious and nonreligious on the Physical Health and Basic Access indexes are smaller, but statistically significant. In both of these cases, the larger gap exists between the very religious and moderately religious groups, rather than between the very religious and nonreligious groups…
Americans who are very religious have higher wellbeing than those who are less religious, a relationship that holds even after controlling for several related demographic and geographic variables…
1. “religiosity, defined as a personal importance placed on religion and frequent religious service attendance”
“Very religious -- Religion is an important part of daily life and church/synagogue/mosque attendance occurs at least every week or almost every week. This group constitutes 43.7% of the adult population.
Moderately religious -- All others who do not fall into the very religious or nonreligious groups but who gave valid responses on both religion questions. This group constitutes 26.6% of the adult population.
Nonreligious -- Religion is not an important part of daily life and church/synagogue/mosque attendance occurs seldom or never. This group constitutes 29.7% of the adult population.”
Survey Methods, “Results are based on telephone interviews conducted as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey Jan. 2-July 28, 2010, with a random sample of 554,066 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, selected using random-digit-dial sampling. Of this sample, very religious respondents comprised the plurality (43.2%), with slightly more than one-quarter each for moderately religious and nonreligious respondents.”
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