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The Relationship Between Psychological Well-Being and Christian Faith and Practice in an Australian Population Sample

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A random sample of 989 adults in an Australian community survey completed the Bradburn Balanced Affect Scale together with three measures of Christian faith and practice: belief in God, personal prayer, and church attendance. The data demonstrated a positive association between all three religious measures and psychological well-being. The analysis helps to account for discrepant findings in previous research.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Welsh National Centre for Religious Education and University of Wales Bangor, UK 2: National Church Life Survey Research, Uniting Church Board of Mission, Australia.

Publication date: March 1, 2002

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