Religiosity, Moral Judgment, and Subjective Well-Being among Orphans

 Rukhsana Nazir (MSc, 2016-2018) Supervisor: Rafia Rafique, PhD

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245


The current study was conducted to investigate if religiosity predicted subjective well-being in orphans. Another objective of the study was to find out whether moral judgment would mediate the relationship between religiosity and subjective well-being. The sample was drawn through convenient sampling technique. The sample comprised of N = 125 adolescents and adults with a relatively equal  representation of male (n = 60) and female (n = 65) living in orphanages aged 14 to 35 years. The assessment measures included Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire (SCSRF; Plante & Boccacini, 1997), Moral Development Interview Inventory (MDII; Khanum & Iqbal, 2008), and Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS; Diener, 1985). Correlational analysis showed that religiosity and moral judgment were positively associated with subjective well-being. Religiosity and moral judgment were predictors of subjective well-being. Mediation analysis using the hierarchical multiple regression revealed that there was no mediation between the study variables. As religiosity enhances moral judgment in orphans and that is likely, staff in orphanages’ should facilitate in religious practices and enhancement of religiosity so that subjective well-being can be increased in orphans.

Keywords: Religiosity, moral judgment, subjective well-being, orphans.

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