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Religion and life satisfaction: evidence from Germany
Social Indicators Research
  • Elisabeth Sinnewe, Southern Cross University
  • Michael A Kortt, Southern Cross University
  • Brian Dollery, University of New England
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Article
Publication Date
1-1-2015
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Peer-Reviewed
Abstract

We examined the association between religious involvement and life satisfaction using data drawn from the 2003, 2007, and 2011 waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel. Our study provides evidence of an association between attendance at religious services and life satisfaction for respondents residing in West Germany. While social networks partially mediate this relationship for West Germany, there appears to be a remaining direct impact of attendance on life satisfaction. On the contrary, we find no evidence of an association between attendance at religious services and life satisfaction for respondents residing in East Germany.

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Sinnewe, E, Kortt, MA & Dollery, B 2015, 'Religion and life satisfaction: evidence from Germany', Social Indicators Research, vol. 123, no. 3, pp. 837-855.

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http://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-014-0763-y