Spirituality and wellbeing in the context of a study on suicide prevention in North India

Wagani, Rekha and Colucci, Erminia (2018) Spirituality and wellbeing in the context of a study on suicide prevention in North India. Religions, 9 (6). ISSN 2077-1444

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Abstract

The connection between spirituality and wellbeing, including its benefits for physical and mental health, has been recognized in the Eastern cultures for a very long time, although the sharp division between science and religion has caused, for the most part, its neglect inWestern cultures until recently. Nevertheless, limited efforts have been made to explore the impact of spirituality and religion on wellbeing, including the prevention of suicide. We begin with an overview of the literature on religiousness, spirituality, and health and wellbeing. Further, we present a novel study focused on a sample of 160 Indian students from a spiritually oriented university in North India with the aim to understand how spirituality affects their lives and wellbeing and their views about suicide. Our results show that spirituality, generally, has a positive impact on participants’ wellbeing with a potential protective effect against suicidal behavior, although more research on spiritual/religious beliefs as a source of difficulties is warranted.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article number = 183
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 24347
Notes on copyright: Wagani R, Colucci E. Spirituality and Wellbeing in the Context of a Study on Suicide Prevention in North India. Religions. 2018; 9(6):183. © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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Depositing User: Erminia Colucci
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2018 13:01
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2019 06:37
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/24347

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