Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 55, Issue 7, pp 1226–1235 | Cite as

Job Stress and Nurses Well-Being: Prayer and Age as Moderators

  • Meguellati AchourEmail author
  • Ilhaamie Binti Abdul Ghani Azmi
  • Marzuki Bin Isahak
  • Mohd Roslan Mohd Nor
  • Mohd Yakub Zulkifli Mohd Yusoff
Original Paper


There is increasing popularity among researchers, scholars, and policymakers concerning the efficacy of prayer as a coping strategy for job stress. This study examines the moderating effects of prayer and age on the relationship between job stress and nurses’ well-being in UMMC. Three hundred (300) Muslim nursing staff working at the University of Malaya Medical Centre were sampled. Data were collected via questionnaires. The findings of this study show that the effect of job stress on well-being is significant for nurses and that prayer of nurses contributed to alleviating job stress and enhancing well-being. This study is limited to nurses in one public hospital in a developing country. Thus, it would be more interesting if the study could be extended to other public and private institutions in a Muslim country, and a comparison could be done between other religions as well.


Job stress Work-family conflict Religion Islamic prayer Well-being Nurses 



The authors would like to thank Academy of Islamic Studies and University of Malaya for financial assistance to prepare this article. The grant provided to the authors under Research Project RP028B-16HNE is highly appreciated.

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Conflict of interest

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

Ethical permission provided by Medical Ethics Committee, University Malaya Medical Centre, MECID.NO: 20148-476.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meguellati Achour
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ilhaamie Binti Abdul Ghani Azmi
    • 2
  • Marzuki Bin Isahak
    • 3
  • Mohd Roslan Mohd Nor
    • 4
  • Mohd Yakub Zulkifli Mohd Yusoff
    • 5
  1. 1.Research and Development DivisionAcademy of Islamic Studies, University of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Syariah and ManagementAcademy of Islamic Studies, University of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  3. 3.Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  4. 4.Department of Islamic History and CivilizationAcademy of Islamic Studies, University of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  5. 5.Department of al-Quran and al-HadithAcademy of Islamic Studies, University of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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