The role of Religiousness in Anxiety, Depression, and Happiness in a Jewish Communal Sample: A preliminary investigation

By Kenneth I. Paragment, Annette Mahoney, David H. Rosemarin

Routledge, 2008

Although social scientists have convincingly demonstrated relationships between religious beliefs/practices and mental health, almost none of the empirical findings or related theory apply specifically to Jews. To address this limitation, we investigated the role of Jewish religiousness in anxiety, depression, and happiness, in a large Jewish community sample (n1/4565). Several facets of global Jewish religiousness were examined, as well as a theoretically based Jewish religious variable, trust in God. A self-report measure of trust in God was created, and factor analyses yielded two reliable and valid subscales: trust in God and mistrust in God. Contrary to our hypotheses, global Jewish religiousness was on the whole unrelated to mental-health functioning. As expected, higher levels of trust in God were associated with less anxiety and depression, and greater personal happiness, whereas inverse associations emerged for the unanticipated but robust mistrust subscale.

Topic: Theology, Culture, Faith, Spirituality, Psychology/Psychiatry, Mental Health, Belief, Study, Religion

Name of Publication: Mental Health, Religion, and Culture

Page Number(s): 1-17

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Paragment, Kenneth I. Mahoney, Annette. Rosemarin, David H. The role of Religiousness in Anxiety, Depression, and Happiness in a Jewish Communal Sample: A preliminary investigation. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture. Routledge. 2008: 1-17. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5208


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