Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 23–45 | Cite as

Satisfaction with Spirituality, Satisfaction with Religion and Personal Well-Being among Spanish Adolescents and Young University Students

  • Ferran CasasEmail author
  • Mònica González
  • Cristina Figuer
  • Sara Malo


Young people in Catalonia are studied in order to better understand differences between satisfaction with spirituality and satisfaction with religion. Results suggest a reactive position on the part of most Spanish youngsters towards traditional religion; they consider it not very important either for their well-being or to give a sense of meaning to their own lives. While the importance given to spirituality is clearly higher, the concept seems to have several very different interpretations among young people. The discussion underlines the importance of discovering young people’s own points of view in order to understand the meaning they give to religion and spirituality in the context of an ever more rapidly changing society. The implications for future research and practice are discussed.


Spirituality Religion Adolescents Youngsters Well-being Satisfaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ferran Casas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mònica González
    • 1
  • Cristina Figuer
    • 1
  • Sara Malo
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Institute on Quality of LifeUniversity of GironaGironaSpain

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