Religious Practices, Inner Satisfaction and WellBeing in Young Adults

Shumaila Bashir (MSc, 2016-2018) Supervisor: Afifa Anjum

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

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract:

The present study aimed to investigate relationship between religious practices (Namaz and Roza), inner satisfaction and wellbeing (subjective well-being and life satisfaction) in young adults. It was hypothesized that there would be positive relationship between religious practices, inner satisfaction and wellbeing. It was also hypothesized that religious practices and inner satisfaction would predict wellbeing. Furthermore it was hypothesized that inner satisfaction would mediate the relationship between religious practices and wellbeing. The sample of N = 150 students, both men (n = 75) and women (n = 75) were recruited from different departments of University of the Punjab by using convenient sampling. Religious practices were measured by asking questions related to Namaz and Roza in demographic sheet, a self-constructed scale (Inner Satisfaction Scale; Bashir & Anjum, 2018) was used to measure inner satisfaction. Subjective wellbeing and life satisfaction were assessed with Scale of Positive and Negative Effect (Diener, 2013) and Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener, Emmons, Larsen & Griffon, 1985) respectively. Pearson product moment correlation, t-test and step wise regression analysis was used to analyze the data. Findings revealed that there was significant relationship between religious practices and inner satisfaction but the relationship of religious practices and wellbeing was not significant. Relationship between inner satisfaction and wellbeing was also significant. Results from regression analysis showed that religious practices were not the predictor of subjective wellbeing and life satisfaction, whereas, inner satisfaction was the significant predictors of subjective wellbeing and life satisfaction.

Keywords: Religious practices, inner satisfaction, subjective well- being, life satisfaction.

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