Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 55, Issue 2, pp 131–143 | Cite as

Age and Gender Differences in Adaptation and Subjective Well-being of Older Adults Residing in Monastic Religious Communities

  • Alex J. BishopEmail author
Original Paper


The purpose of this study was to explore age and gender differences in the adaptation and well-being of older adults residing in Catholic monasteries. Participants included 235 members, age 64 and older, from the Order of St. Benedict. 2 (Age) × 2 (Gender) analyses of variance were computed to determine significant differences. Young-old persons reported greater friendship, coping behaviors, and personal growth, however, old-old individuals reported greater engagement in religious coping and greater depression. In addition, women reported greater coping behaviors, life satisfaction, and personal growth, but men reported greater depression. The results have implications on how pastoral care providers and counselors can improve quality of life among older adults living in contemplative religious settings.


Age Gender Adaptation Subjective well-being Resources Monastic communities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Human Development and Family Sciences Department233 Human Environmental Sciences, Oklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA

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