Humility, Relational Spirituality, and Well-being among Religious Leaders: A Moderated Mediation Model

Abstract

Prior research has demonstrated positive associations between general humility and well-being, and posited a protective effect for intellectual humility against maladjustment among religious leaders. We tested a model that extended findings on general humility to include intellectual humility among religious leaders (N = 258; M age = 42.31; 43% female; 63.7% White; 91.9% Christian affiliation). We observed a positive general humility–well-being association. Contrary to expectations, we observed risk effects for religion-specific intellectual humility. Our findings also point to the possibility that these risk effects might be attenuated by the integration of high levels of general and intellectual humility.

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Jankowski, P.J., Sandage, S.J., Bell, C.A. et al. Humility, Relational Spirituality, and Well-being among Religious Leaders: A Moderated Mediation Model. J Relig Health 58, 132–152 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-018-0580-8

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Keywords

  • Intellectual humility
  • Differentiation of self
  • Attachment to God
  • Religious leaders