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Religion, Psychological Well-Being, And Personality: A Study Among Undergraduate Students In Canada

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The relationship between religion and aspects of psychological well-being has been a lively field of psychological enquiry since the beginning of the twentieth century. This chapter presents a study that aims to build on the research tradition employing the Francis Scale of Attitude toward Christianity alongside measures of psychological well-being in four ways. First, attention is given to the Satisfaction with Life Scale. Second, a recognized measure of personality is being included in the study. Third, the model of personality employed is the five-factor model proposed by Costa and McCrae (1989). Fourth, the sample studied is based in Canada. The main conclusion drawn from the study is that two problems in particular may contribute to the lack of consistency in the literature. The first problem concerns the operationalisation of the constructs involved. The second problem concerns the potential contaminant of personality in disguising the relationship between religion and well-being.

Keywords:Canada; personality; psychological well-being; religion



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