Measuring Satisfaction with Religiosity and Its Contribution to the Personal Well-Being Index in a Muslim Sample
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This research aims to explore Satisfaction with Religiosity/Spirituality (SR/S) in a large sample of Muslims (1388 males, 1172 females) from Algeria. It also provides empirical evidence for the addition of a SR/S Domain item to the Personal Well-Being Index (PWI). A questionnaire dealing with satisfaction with a range of personal and societal domains was used. Results support previous findings (Wills Journal of Happiness Studies 10(1):49–69, 2009), and are in agreement with the recommendations of the International Well-being Group (Group discussion, 2006; IWG 2006). The new domain item makes a statistically significant — albeit a slight — contribution in predicting general satisfaction with life (SWL). Notably, higher satisfaction with religiosity/spirituality is found in women compared to men, married individuals compared to single ones, and inhabitants of the Sahara desert locations compared to people from other regions of Algeria.
KeywordsSatisfaction with religiosity/spirituality Islamic religiosity Personal well-being index Algeria
I thank the members of the Laboratory of Educational Processes & Social Context (Labo-PECS) of the University of Oran, Algeria for their assistance in field work, and l’Agence National pour le Développement de la Recherche en Santé (ANDRS) for partly financing the research (Project: 01/14/00/04/082). I also thank Mark Peterson and two anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments.
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