Study Title:

Perceptions of Accountability to God and Psychological Well-Being Among US Adults.

Study Abstract

This study examines whether accountability to God is positively associated with four measures of psychological well-being-happiness, mattering to others, dignity, and meaning-among US adults. It also tests the possibility that prayer moderates these associations. Data from the 2017 Values and Beliefs of the American Public Survey (n = 1251) were analyzed using multivariate regression. Findings provided support for an association between accountability to God and mattering to others, dignity, and meaning in fully controlled models, and for happiness when religious controls were excluded. They also showed that these relationships were stronger among those who prayed frequently compared with those who did not. Overall, these findings shed light on a new concept-accountability to God-including its association with psychological well-being.

Study Information

J Relig Health. 2022 Feb;61(1):327-352. doi: 10.1007/s10943-021-01471-8. Epub 2022 Jan 18. PMID: 35039960.

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