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Religions 2013, 4(4), 469-484;

Religious Observance and Well-Being among Israeli Jewish Adults: Findings from the Israel Social Survey

Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97236, Waco, TX 76798, USA
Received: 26 August 2013 / Revised: 13 September 2013 / Accepted: 18 September 2013 / Published: 27 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Body and Religion)
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This study reports on analyses of Jewish respondents (N = 6,056) from the 2009 Israel Social Survey. Multivariable methods were used to investigate whether religiously observant Jews have greater physical and psychological well-being. After adjustment for age and other sociodemographic correlates of religion and well-being and for a measure of Israeli Jewish religious identity (i.e., secular, traditional, religious, ultra-Orthodox), two findings stand out. First, greater Jewish religious observance is significantly associated with higher scores on indicators of self-rated health, functional health, and life satisfaction. Second, there is a gradient-like trend such that greater religiousness and life satisfaction are observed as one moves “rightward” across religious identity categories. These findings withstand adjustment for effects of all covariates, including Israeli nativity and Jewish religious identity.
Keywords: religion; health; well-being; Judaism; Israel religion; health; well-being; Judaism; Israel
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Levin, J. Religious Observance and Well-Being among Israeli Jewish Adults: Findings from the Israel Social Survey. Religions 2013, 4, 469-484.

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