Relationship of religiosity to wellness and other health-related behaviors and outcomes

Psychol Rep. 1991 Jun;68(3 Pt 1):819-26. doi: 10.2466/pr0.1991.68.3.819.


The relationship of religiosity to health-enhancing attitudes and behaviors (wellness), health-compromising behaviors, and adverse health-related outcomes was examined in a sample of 1,077 college students from a large, comprehensive mid-western university. In general, religiosity was positively correlated with wellness and inversely correlated with health-compromising behaviors and illnesses. Interpretation of the findings was complicated in some instances by significant interactions between study variables.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Religion and Medicine*
  • Religion and Psychology*
  • Sick Role*