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Title: Belief in supernatural evil and mental health : do secure attachment to god and gender matter?
Authors: Jung, Jong Hyun
Keywords: Social sciences::Sociology
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Jung, J. H. (2020). Belief in supernatural evil and mental health : do secure attachment to god and gender matter? Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 59(1), 141-160. doi:10.1111/jssr.12645
Journal: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Abstract: This study examines whether belief in supernatural evil is associated with mental health. In addition, it assesses how secure attachment to God moderates this association and how gender conditions the moderating effect of secure attachment to God. Among a variety of mental health outcomes, this study focuses on general mental health problems as well as anxiety-related disorders (e.g., general anxiety, social anxiety, and paranoia). Using data from the 2010 Baylor Religion Survey (N = 1,627), the analyses reveal that belief in supernatural evil is positively associated with general anxiety and paranoia. In addition, secure attachment to God buffers the positive associations between belief in supernatural evil and social anxiety and paranoia. Yet, when general mental health problems and general anxiety serve as the outcome measures, secure attachment to God attenuates the positive associations of belief in supernatural evil with mental health only for women, but not men. These results underscore the ways that religious beliefs have both positive and negative implications for mental health. Furthermore, they highlight the importance of gender in the complex relationships between religious beliefs and mental health.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/143219
ISSN: 0021-8294
DOI: 10.1111/jssr.12645
Rights: © 2020 The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. All rights reserved. This paper was published by Wiley in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and is made available with permission of The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Fulltext Permission: open
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