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Perceived Stress as a Mediator Between Social Support, Religiosity, and Flourishing Among Older Adults

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The Moderating Roles of Religiosity and Gender

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This study was designed to examine the relationships between social support, perceived stress, religiosity, and flourishing and to test the mediating role of perceived stress in the relationships between social support and religiosity with flourishing. This study also examines the moderating roles of religiosity and gender in the relationship between social support and flourishing among 2301 Malaysian older adults. Structural Equation Modelling showed that older adults with high levels of social support, high levels of intrinsic religious motivation, high levels of extrinsic religious motivation, and low levels of perceived stress were more likely to experience flourishing. Bootstrapping analysis provided evidence of perceived stress as a significant partial mediator in the links between social support, intrinsic religious motivation, and extrinsic religious motivation with flourishing. Multi-group analysis revealed that religiosity and gender acted as significant moderators in the links between social support, perceived stress, and flourishing.

Affiliations: 1: Corresponding authorDepartment of Counseling, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Alzahra University TehranIran00989126585744 ; 2: Department of Counseling, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Alzahra University TehranIran ; 3: Shiraz Geriatric Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences ShirazIran ; 4: Malaysian Research Institute on Aging (My Aging), Universiti Putra Malaysia SelangorMalaysia


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