Loneliness and Religiosity: In the World but Not of It

Volume 14
Summer 1986
Loneliness and Religiosity: In the World but Not of It

This study examined the relationship between loneliness and religiosity as well as the relationships between religiosity and variables associated with loneliness (e.g., the potential antecedents of loneliness and the nature of the loneliness experience). The sample consisted of 76 conservative believers, 80 nonconservative believers and 76 nonbelievers. These groups were defined by a measure of belief commitment and a second measure of how subjects interpreted the meaning of religious teachings (Literally, Antiliterally, or Mythologically). The three groups did not differ in their level of loneliness. They did differ, however, on some of the correlates of loneliness and in the nature of their loneliness experience. For example, the conservative religious respondents were apt to attribute their loneliness to supernatural causes and to use religious coping mechanisms. Religious individuals thus appear to be in the world but not of it.

Dr. B.D. Dufton and Dr. D. Perlman
135 - 145
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