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A structural model of religious identity as a predictor of well-being

The present study examined the relationship between religious identity and well-being in a structural model. Four hundred and seventy-two college students (78% female and 27.7% White/European American) at a large public university in the Western United States volunteered to participate in exchange for course credit. Questionnaires were used to measure study variables. Results from the structural model were consistent with theories and research suggesting that religious identity predicted well-being. Further, individual’s self-reported political orientation and ethnicity affected well-being and religious identity. Conservative Latinos reported the highest religious identity and liberal White/European Americans reported the lowest.

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