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Religiosity and spirituality as predictors of hedonic and eudaimonic well-being

Religiosity and spiritualityas predictors of hedonic and eudaimonic well-being

principal investigator
Jarosław Piotrowski
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project value: PLN 33,000
funding source : National Science Center
discipline: psychology
research center: Institute of Psychology
location: Poznań
duration: 2018 2019

Hedonism and eudaimonism are two philosophical traditions concerning happiness. Hedonism equates happinness with pleasure and enjoyment. Eudaimonism, on the other hand, equates happiness with the ability to pursue important goals. Researchers from SWPS University will investigate whether hedonic and eudaimonic well-being may be affected by religiosity and spirituality.

RESEARCH PROJECT

religiosity and spirituality

 as Predictors of Hedonic and Eudaimonic Well-Being

 

 

Research UnitUNI SWPS english
Grant AmountPLN 33 000
Funding SourceNCN logo poziom en2

Duration of Research Project: January 2018 – January 2019

Hedonism and eudaimonism are two philosophical traditions concerning happiness. Hedonism equates happinness with pleasure and enjoyment. Eudaimonism, on the other hand, equates happiness with the ability to pursue important goals. Researchers from SWPS University will investigate whether hedonic and eudaimonic well-being may be affected by religiosity and spirituality.

Project Outline

The latest research on religiosity and spirituality has produced contradictory results, perhaps for the fact the previous studies made no distinction between the two concepts. 

The objectives of this project are to examine the influence of religiosity and spirituality on hedonistic and eudaimonic well-being and to analyze potential mediators of the relationship between religiosity and spirituality with hedonistic and eudaimonic well-being, in the form of social motives, such as: self-esteem, sense of meaning, belonging, and a sense of control.

This will be a correlative study and it will be carried out on a group of 500 adults, with measurements repeated after 3 and 6 months. The study aims to organize current knowledge on the subject, and attempts to answer the question whether religiosity and spirituality have an impact on well-being. 

Inconsistent results are also influenced by the fact that various forms of well-being usually were not taken into account in the previous studies. Moreover, longitudinal studies carried out on non-student and non-clinical populations (especially on representative samples) are still rare in this area of interest. For this reason, the implementation of the proposed research project will help clarify the important problem of the relationship between religion, spirituality and well-being.

Research on the relationship between religiosity, spirituality and subjective well-being has become fashionable in recent years. However, there is a lot of confusion in this research field. Moreover, there is a lack of research on populations other than students and of Anglo-Saxon cultural background, and also lack of longitudinal studies. The proposed research aims to organize knowledge by the simultaneous application of measures of religiosity, spirituality and various forms of well-being, and to fill gaps in current knowledge by conducting a longitudinal study on a representative sample.

Piotrowski, Jarosław Principal Investigator
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Jarosław Piotrowski
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Psycholog społeczny i międzykulturowy
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dr Jarosław Piotrowski

The inclusion of social motives, as possible mediators, will allow to deepen the understanding of the mechanism underlying this relationship. On the other hand, longitudinal perspective will allow to draw the cause-and-effect explanations.

The project is a part of a planned broader research program focused on creating a test model that will describe the influence of religiosity and spirituality on well-being from a cross-cultural perspective.