Religion and happiness: still no association

Christopher Alan Lewis, John Maltby, Sue Burkinshaw

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A number of recent studies have consistently reported a positive association between religiosity and happiness, when happiness is operationalised in terms of the Oxford Happiness Inventory and religiosity is operationalised in terms of the Francis Scale of Attitude toward Christianity. However, this general finding is not consistent across other measures of either construct. The present aim was to examine the generalisability of the link between religion and happiness using the Francis Scale and the Depression-Happiness Scale. Among two samples (Anglican priests and members of the Anglican Church), no significant associations were found between scores on the religiosity and happiness measures. Further research is now required to clarify the components of happiness that are associated with the Francis Scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-236
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Beliefs and Values
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2000
Externally publishedYes


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