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Religion and Happiness: still no association

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A number of recent studies have consistently reported a positive association between religiosity and happiness, when happiness is operationalised in terms of the Oxford Happiness Inventory and religiosity is operationalised in terms of the Francis Scale of Attitude toward Christianity. However, this general finding is not consistent across other measures of either construct. The present aim was to examine the generalisability of the link between religion and happiness using the Francis Scale and the Depression-Happiness Scale. Among two samples (Anglican priests and members of the Anglican Church), no significant associations were found between scores on the religiosity and happiness measures. Further research is now required to clarify the components of happiness that are associated with the Francis Scale.
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Document Type: Research Report

Affiliations: 1: School of Psychology and Communication, University of Ulster at Magee College, Londonderry BT48 7JL, Northern Ireland 2: School of Health and Community Studies, Sheffield Hallam University, Collegiate Crescent Campus, Sheffield S10 2BP, UK

Publication date: October 1, 2000

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