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, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 125–135 | Cite as

Religie en subjectief welbevinden. Een letterlijk negatieve link

  • Nico A W ten HaveEmail author
  • Dirk Hutsebaut


Religion and subjective well-being. A literal negative link

Is there a (predictive) link between the multidimensional concepts religion and subjective well-being? Seven hundred thirty four adults (17- 84 years) completed five questionnaires: the Post-Critical Belief Scale, the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire, the Satisfaction With Life Scale, the Purpose in Life test and the Center for Epidemiological Studies – Depression questionnaire. Holding at a minimum significance level of p<.01, a literal interpretational style appeared linked to a negative (affective) feeling of life. For a mere rejecting religious attitude this negativity spreads to the more thoughtful (cognitive) evaluations of one’s own life. Positive though is the connection between satisfaction and a personal, ‘truly lived’ religiosity. An ‘earthly’ symbolic religiosity remains absent. This results offers full support for the Post-Critical Belief Scale, and provides a clear conceptual support for the full fourcomponent model of subjective well-being.


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