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Otázka příspěvku religiozity/spirituality ke kvalitě života českých seniorů

Title in English Question of benefit of religiosity/spirituality to quality of life of Czech seniors.
Authors

VIDOVICOVÁ Lucie SUCHOMELOVÁ Věra

Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source KONTAKT
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Citation
Web http://casopis-zsfju.zsf.jcu.cz/kontakt/
Field Sociology, demography
Keywords religiosity; spirituality; ageing; quality of life; European Value Study
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Description The paper deals with searching connections between religiosity and quality of life in senior population. The topic is coming out of the increasing social stress on searching ways how to best support the concept of quality of life within individual and population aging. Pursuant to findings of many foreign studies, which mainly document very positive correlation, we have been proving whether and to what extent is religiosity respectively spirituality an intervening force for quality of life of Czech seniors. The first part of the paper summarizes theoretical conceptions of the terms religiosity, spirituality and quality of life and their mutual interaction. The second part deals with the question of application of these connections to domestic surroundings. The analyses used the data from the European Value Survey. As indicators of religiosity were chosen percipated importance of the God for life, acceptance of the statement about the possibility of communication with the God or force majeure without necessity of joining ecclesiastic structures and frequency of attendance church service today and at the age of 12 years of respondents. The quality of life was monitored through subjective evaluation of health, happiness and satisfaction with life. Ours findings show that religious seniors do not have higher quality of life in the monitored dimensions than those ones who are not religious oriented respectively the worse quality of life especially subjective health is connected with higher religiosity/spirituality. However the connection between those concepts is zero in many monitored particular relations. In discussion, therefore, we draw attention to pay increased attention to these relations considering their ambiquity.
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