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Relating religiousness to eudaimonic and hedonic well-being: Qualitative and quantitative findings

Lünenborg, Rieke (2015) Relating religiousness to eudaimonic and hedonic well-being: Qualitative and quantitative findings.

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Abstract:This paper illustrates a research project in the Netherlands which is part of a cross country study with the Eudaimonic and Hedonic Happiness Investigation (EHHI). The study is based on a mixed method approach with one qualitative and one quantitative research question. The aim of this study was to show how being religious can be related to the individual definition of happiness (qualitative) and the levels of hedonic and eudaimonic well-being (quantitative). Data from 84 religious and 157 non-religious participants were used to give an answer on these two questions. The results come from three questionnaires, the EHHI for the qualitative research question and the Positive and negative affect scale (PANAS) and the Meaning in life questionnaire (MLQ) for the quantitative research question. For the analysis of the qualitative findings the coding system which was already developed and exerted in the other countries was used in this study. Previous studies on the relation of religion and well-being revealed a positive relation between the two. The results of this study revealed that there are no significant quantitative difference between religious and non-religious participants as it comes to the levels of hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. Furthermore, the definitions of wellbeing of the two groups revealed that religious participants lay more meaning on feelings related to individualism whereas the non-religious people lay more meaning on feelings related to social relationships. Here, the qualitative findings showed that the eudaimonic concept of well-being was more prominent among religious participants.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68400
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