Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 149–163

Religion, Health, and Psychological Well-Being

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10943-009-9242-1

Cite this article as:
Green, M. & Elliott, M. J Relig Health (2010) 49: 149. doi:10.1007/s10943-009-9242-1


This study compares the effects of religiosity on health and well-being, controlling for work and family. With 2006 GSS data, we assess the effects of religiosity on health and well-being, net of job satisfaction, marital happiness, and financial status. The results indicate that people who identify as religious tend to report better health and happiness, regardless of religious affiliation, religious activities, work and family, social support, or financial status. People with liberal religious beliefs tend to be healthier but less happy than people with fundamentalist beliefs. Future research should probe how religious identity and beliefs impact health and well-being.


Religion Health Happiness Identity Beliefs 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology/300University of Nevada RenoRenoUSA

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