Religiosity and quality of life in South Africa

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dc.description.abstract Using nationally representative survey data, this paper explores the relationship between religiosity and quality of life. Three indicators of religiosity are used: (i) frequency of attendance at religious services or meetings, (ii) orthodoxy of beliefs in relation to Biblical teachings and (iii) religious denomination. Quality of life (QoL) is measured in terms of (i) household access to modern conveniences, (ii) self-assessed life satisfaction and (iii) level of satisfaction with government institutions. The data shows a significant but not very strong statistical relationship between religiosity and QoL. People who attend religious meetings most frequently and who hold the most orthodox religious views are thus more likely to have access to modern conveniences and to be satisfied with their lives. Satisfaction with government, however, tends to be highest amongst nominally religious people and lowest amongst both the most orthodox and the least religious. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject QUALITY OF LIFE en
dc.subject RELIGION en
dc.title Religiosity and quality of life in South Africa en
dc.type Journal articles - Non-HSRC staff en
dc.ProjectNumber TAAMAA en
dc.Volume 81(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2007/08 en
dc.SourceTitle Social Indicators Research en
dc.ArchiveNumber 6561 en
dc.PageNumber 417-434 en
dc.outputnumber 5212 en
dc.bibliographictitle Rule, S. (2007) Religiosity and quality of life in South Africa. Social Indicators Research. 81(2):417-434. en
dc.publicationyear 2007 en
dc.contributor.author1 Rule, S. en

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