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Life satisfaction and spirituality in adolescents

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The purpose of this chapter is to investigate in a sample of adolescents the association between life satisfication (LS) and a range of dimensions of religiosity and spirituality (R/S) shown to have salutary effects, including personally experienced spirituality, forgiveness, religious social/congregational support, and religious coping. The association between life satisfaction and dimensions of religiosity/spirituality was explored in an ethnically and denominationally diverse sample of 615 adolescents using the satisfaction with life scale and the Brief Multidimensional Measure of Religiousness/ Spirituality (BMMRS). Results indicate that most dimensions of religiosity and spirituality are associated with life satisfaction, but that Daily Spiritual Experiences accounts for the largest amount of variance in the models, and attenuates the relationship of other dimensions with life satisfaction when entered into simultaneous regressions. Dimensions of the BMMRS were more predictive than single-item measures of religious service attendance, frequency of prayer, or degree of religiousness/spirituality.

Keywords: adolescents; BMMRS; life satisfaction (LS); religiosity and spirituality (R/S); spirituality



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