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Religious Involvement and Depression: The Mediating Effect of Relational Spirituality

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Multiple studies have examined the relationship between religious involvement and depression. Many of these investigations reveal a negative correlation between these constructs. Several others yield either no association or a positive correlation. In this article, we discuss possible explanations for these discrepant findings. We investigate the degree to which relational spirituality factors mediate the relationship between religious involvement and depression in a sample of graduate students. Results indicated that spiritual instability and disappointment in God were distinct predictors of depression over and above the predictive strength of religious involvement. Implications for training and conceptualization are discussed.

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Paine, D.R., Sandage, S.J. Religious Involvement and Depression: The Mediating Effect of Relational Spirituality. J Relig Health 56, 269–283 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-016-0282-z

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Keywords

  • Religion
  • Spirituality
  • Depression
  • Training