Salvation with fear and trembling? Scrupulous fears inconsistently mediate the relationship between religion and well-being

Lau, Grace P.W., and Ramsay, Jonathan E. (2019) Salvation with fear and trembling? Scrupulous fears inconsistently mediate the relationship between religion and well-being. Mental Health, Religion & Culture. (In Press)

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Abstract

The positive association between religiosity and well-being is well supported in the literature. However, the documented relationship between religiosity and negative emotions such as fear, guilt, and shame suggest that religion may also suppress well-being via alternative mediational pathways. This study examined the possibility that scrupulous fears—a subclinical tendency to experience anxiety pertaining to sin—negatively mediate the otherwise positive relationship between religiosity and well-being. This hypothesis was tested in a cross sectional analysis of data derived from an ethnically diverse, multi-religious sample in South East Asia. The hypothesis was partially supported. The negative indirect effect of religiosity on flourishing via scrupulosity was found to be significant, while the negative indirect effect of religiosity on satisfaction with life via scrupulosity was found to be non-significant. These results provide first evidence of religiosity exerting an indirect negative effect on aspects of well-being and affirm the importance of expanding research on this complex relationship.

Item ID: 60766
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-9737
Keywords: Religion; scrupulosity; anxiety; well-being; satisfaction with life; flourishing
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Copyright Information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2019 04:10
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170111 Psychology of Religion @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 50%
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