Marriage, religion and human flourishing: how sustainable is the classic Durkheim thesis in contemporary Europe?
Williams, Emyr, Francis, Leslie J. and Village, Andrew. (2010) Marriage, religion and human flourishing: how sustainable is the classic Durkheim thesis in contemporary Europe? Mental Health, Religion & Culture, Vol.13 (No.1). pp. 93-104. ISSN 1367-4676
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13674670903203766
This paper draws on the three waves of the European Values Survey across five countries (Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Spain and Sweden) to investigate the relationship between indicators of positive psychology (conceptualised as feelings of happiness and satisfaction with life), religiosity (conceptualised as self-assigned religious affiliation and self-reported religious attendance) and marital status. The results demonstrate that religiosity is, in general, positively correlated with both indicators of positive psychology. Further, across all waves and all countries, the pattern emerges that those respondents who are married are likely to report higher levels of happiness and greater satisfaction in life. These data provide contemporary support for the classic Durkheim thesis linking the two institutions of marriage and religion with human flourishing.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Durkheim, Émile, 1858-1917, World Values Survey, Marriage -- Europe, Solidarity -- Religious aspects, Quality of life -- Research -- Europe|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Mental Health, Religion & Culture|
|Page Range:||pp. 93-104|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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