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October 2021

Religiosity and life satisfaction across the life course

Author(s): Poloma, M. M.

Journal/Book: Soc Indic Res. 1999; 48: Spuiboulevard 50, PO Box 17, 3300 AA Dordrecht, Netherlands. Kluwer Academic Publ. 321-345.

Abstract: Scant attention has been paid to social catalysts of the increase in religiosity in the maturational and aging process. Using the 1988 Gallup Survey, this paper first explores four major measures of religiosity (personal devotion, participation in public ritual, divine interaction, and preference for public or privatized religiosity) for seven age groups. Next, the impact of these religiosity measures on satisfaction with life is assessed for each of the major age categories. In light of these findings, the authors move toward developing a theory of religiosity and life course.

Note: Article Peacock JR, Univ N Carolina, Dept Sociol, 9201 Univ City Blvd, Charlotte,NC 28223 USA

Keyword(s): MENTAL-HEALTH; WELL; INVOLVEMENT; DISTRESS; QUALITY; PRAYER


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