A relação entre religiosidade/espiritualidade e bem-estar
: os mecanismos da relação

  • Leonel Vieira Baptista (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Studies regarding the relationship between religiosity and well-being have shown apositive association between both variables. Nonetheless the mechanisms that explain thisinfluence are not clear. Most of the studies in regard to this focus on issues related tocognitive aspects - the quest for sense or coherence in life (eg. Testoni, Visintin, Capozza,Carlucci & Shams, 2016) - or social aspects- the identification and the support of areligious group (eg. Ng & Fisher, 2016). This study, combining a quantitative and aqualitative investigation has the purpose of verifying the association betweenreligiosity/spirituality (R/S) and well-being and identifying the mechanisms that betterexplain that association. On the quantitative research (N=178), we found a weakassociation between both variables R/S and well-being. There were no differences betweengroups – those with regular religious practice, those with irregular religious practice andthose that do not belong to any creed or spirituality. The qualitative (N=16) research founda perception of the association between religiosity/spirituality and well-being. Thisresearch found out that the mechanism that better explains that association is the prayerfulrelationship with God.
Date of Award18 Dec 2020
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorSusana Costa Ramalho (Supervisor)


  • Religiosity
  • Spirituality
  • God
  • Prayerful
  • Well-being
  • Religious practic


  • Mestrado em Psicologia do Bem-Estar e Promoção da Saúde

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