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Religions 2018, 9(6), 183; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9060183

Spirituality and Wellbeing in the Context of a Study on Suicide Prevention in North India

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Amity Institute of Behavioral and Allied Sciences, Amity University Mumbai, Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Panvel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 410206, India
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Department of Psychology, Middlesex University London, The Borroughs, Townhall, London NW4 4BT, UK
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Received: 22 March 2018 / Revised: 18 May 2018 / Accepted: 28 May 2018 / Published: 7 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Suicide Prevention, Religion and Spirituality)
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Abstract

The connection between spirituality and wellbeing, including its benefits for physical and mental health, has been recognized in the Eastern cultures for a very long time, although the sharp division between science and religion has caused, for the most part, its neglect inWestern cultures until recently. Nevertheless, limited efforts have been made to explore the impact of spirituality and religion on wellbeing, including the prevention of suicide. We begin with an overview of the literature on religiousness, spirituality, and health and wellbeing. Further, we present a novel study focused on a sample of 160 Indian students from a spiritually oriented university in North India with the aim to understand how spirituality affects their lives and wellbeing and their views about suicide. Our results show that spirituality, generally, has a positive impact on participants’ wellbeing with a potential protective effect against suicidal behavior, although more research on spiritual/religious beliefs as a source of difficulties is warranted. View Full-Text
Keywords: spirituality; religion; spiritual wellbeing; suicide; suicidal behavior; meaning; India; youth spirituality; religion; spiritual wellbeing; suicide; suicidal behavior; meaning; India; youth
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Wagani, R.; Colucci, E. Spirituality and Wellbeing in the Context of a Study on Suicide Prevention in North India. Religions 2018, 9, 183.

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