Helping the soul : the relationship between connectivity and well-being within a church community

Obst, Patricia L. & Tham, Naomi (2009) Helping the soul : the relationship between connectivity and well-being within a church community. Journal of Community Psychology, 37(3), pp. 342-361.

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While previous research attests to the importance of psychological sense of community (PSOC) to individuals' well-being, little research has examined this relationship for the four proposed dimensions of PSOC: membership, influence, integration and fulfillment of needs, and shared emotional connection (McMillan & Chavis, 1986). Further, little research has explored multiple aspects of community connectivity in the one study. The current research investigated the relationship between participants' (N = 127) religiosity, PSOC, social support, and identification within a church community context and their well-being. Results indicated that the PSOC dimensions of shared emotional connection and influence were particularly important in the prediction of well-being in this context. Further, individuals' perception of social support mediated the relationship between PSOC and well-being and the strength of individuals' identification as a church member enhanced the relationships of both PSOC and religiosity with well-being.

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ID Code: 16874
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Psychological Sense of Community, Religiosity, Social Support,, Social Identification, Church
DOI: 10.1002/jcop.20299
ISSN: 0090-4392
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Wiley-Blackwell Ltd.
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2008 23:01
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:53

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