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Marriage, religion and human flourishing: how sustainable is the classic Durkheim thesis in contemporary Europe?

By Emyr Williams, Leslie J. Francis and Andrew Village

Abstract

This paper draws on the three waves of the European Values Survey across five countries (Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Spain and Sweden) to investigate the relationship between indicators of positive psychology (conceptualised as feelings of happiness and satisfaction with life), religiosity (conceptualised as self-assigned religious affiliation and self-reported religious attendance) and marital status. The results demonstrate that religiosity is, in general, positively correlated with both indicators of positive psychology. Further, across all waves and all countries, the pattern emerges that those respondents who are married are likely to report higher levels of happiness and greater satisfaction in life. These data provide contemporary support for the classic Durkheim thesis linking the two institutions of marriage and religion with human flourishing

Topics: HQ, HN, BL
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:2940

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