Religious Adherence and Quality of Life – Summary

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to evaluate, in a mid-west, religiously conservative church population, the impact upon a subject’s Biblically based depth of religious adherence on quality of life. Methods: A survey evaluating self-reported adherence to basic activities and knowledge of faith and perceived well-being. Subjects were divided into ‘adherent’ or ‘less-adherent’ and these groups were used to analyze differences. Results: Of 303 included subjects we found differences between adherent and less-adherent groups in each of 7 questions (P=0.01). The strongest separation between groups resulted from: if they met the needs of another Christian, studied the Holy Scriptures or praised God. Conclusion: Religious adherence may promote a sense of well-being in those who profess Christian faith.