Religiosità, spiritualità e benessere in età anziana.

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Religiousness, spirituality and well-being in old age.

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[Autom. eng. transl.] Religiosity and spirituality represent two similar but not coinciding aspects of the human need for transcendence (Zinnbauer, Pargament, & Scott, 1999): while on the one hand religiosity refers to a complex and organized set of beliefs and ritual acts, from the other spirituality can be defined as the search for the transcendent within oneself (Hill & Pargament, 2008; Smith, Bartz, & Scott Richards, 2007). Recent studies report different associations between these dimensions and various indicators of well-being, such as positive affect, positive relationships with others, self-acceptance and satisfaction with life (Greenfield, Vaillant, & Marks, 2009; Murray & Ciarrochi, 2007). However, a precise analysis of the relationships existing between religiosity, spirituality and the psychological and subjective dimension of well-being during old age is not present in the literature and constitutes the objective of the present study. The study is ongoing and to date has allowed us to collect data from about 80 participants over the age of 60 by filling out online questionnaires to investigate the following spiritual / religious dimensions: - religious orientation (Religious Orientation Scale IE / R : Gorsuch & McPherson, 1989; Carissimi e Rossi, 2009); - spirituality (Spirituality Assessment Scale: Howden, 1992; Iannello et al., in press); - religious identity (Utrecht Management of Identity Commitments Scale: Crocetti et al., 2010), and the dimensions of psychological well-being (Pyschological Well-Being: Ryff and Keyes 1995; Ruini et al., 2003) and subjective (Positive and Negative Affect Scales: Watson et al., 1988; Terracciano, McRae and Costa, 2003; Satisfaction with Life Scale: Diener et al 1985, Di Fabio and Busoni, 2009). The results of the study have shown that religiosity and spirituality are associated with different dimensions of well-being in old age. The implications of the study will be discussed.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Religiousness, spirituality and well-being in old age.
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationXI Convegno Nazionale di Psicologia dell'Invecchiamento. Libro degli Atti
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventXI Convegno Nazionale di Psicologia dell'invecchiamento - Milano
Duration: 25 May 201826 May 2018


ConferenceXI Convegno Nazionale di Psicologia dell'invecchiamento


  • anziani
  • benessere
  • religiosità


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