Social Indicators Research

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 303–323

Spiritual well-being: A neglected subject in quality of life research

  • David O. Moberg
  • Patricia M. Brusek
Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF00352936

Cite this article as:
Moberg, D.O. & Brusek, P.M. Social Indicators Research (1978) 5: 303. doi:10.1007/BF00352936

Abstract

The social indicators and quality of life (QOL) movements have given scant attention to religiosity, in spite of theoretical and empirical evidence that it is related to personal and social well-being. Reasons for this include the constitutional provisions pertinent to religion, problems of funding, the lack of measuring instruments, conceptual and theoretical difficulties, biases of researchers, and the lack of consensus regarding the definition of QOL. A partial solution to this neglec is to engage in conceptual, theoretical, qualitative, and empirical research on spiritual well-being (SWB). The authors indicate its potential and some initial steps toward bringing SWB into the QOL movement.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • David O. Moberg
    • 1
  • Patricia M. Brusek
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Sociology and AnthropologyMarquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA