Participants wanted: Religiosity and physical and psychological wellbeing

Published: Wednesday 29th June 2016

Overall, a positive relationship has been established between aspects of religiosity and psychological and physical health, such that individuals who are more religious tend to report better psychological health and fewer physical health concerns.  However, what is it about religiosity that affects these positive health outcomes? How does religiosity influence an individual in such a way that promotes healthy psychological and physical functioning? These questions are at the heart of the current research project.

The aim of this project is to determine what relationships exist between aspects of religiosity and known factors that promote good psychological and physical health. Specifically, the current study aims to investigate what relationship exists between (a) religiosity and interpersonal styles and (b) religiosity and resilience to stressful life events. The findings of this study will help understand what aspects of religiosity promote positive psychological and physical health which can inform evidence based practice within church programs and clinical practice. Knowing the potential benefits of religiosity to health and wellbeing will have implications for the value of religious based programs within local communities.

If you are over 18 years old, of Catholic or Christian faith, you are invited to complete an online survey which will take you approximately 30 minutes via the following link.

Religiosity, Health & Wellbeing Survey

Thanks for your participation.

Dr Carina Chan

Genevieve McEwan (Student researcher)

Nikki Nucifora (Student researcher)