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Determinants of Congregational Attendees' Psychological Outcomes.

Authors
  • Itzhaki, Yael1
  • Cnaan, Ram A2, 3
  • 1 School of Social Work, Tel-Aviv University, 6997801, Tel-Aviv, Israel. [email protected] , (Israel)
  • 2 School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.
  • 3 Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyunghee University, Seoul, South Korea. , (North Korea)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Religion and Health
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2021
Volume
60
Issue
2
Pages
1141–1159
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10943-019-00803-z
PMID: 30919228
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Congregational membership is known to enhance physical and mental health, as well as providing psychological outcomes (subjective well-being and loneliness). However, it is not clear whether these outcomes can be attributed to social resources or personal resources. The study was conducted in Israel among 260 active synagogue members between 18 and 88 years of age (mean = 32.91). Structural equation modeling suggested that personal resources were the strongest predictors of subjective well-being and loneliness, whereas social resources had lower predictive power. The article offers unique insights into the role of social and personal factors in congregation members' subjective well-being and loneliness.

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