Prior research has provided initial evidence that thinking about being excluded by God lowers self-reported well-being in a Dutch sample of Christian students. The current research sought to replicate this finding in two studies. The first experiment recruited a USA sample of Christian students from a secular and religious school. The second experiment recruited a USA online sample of Christians contacted via Mechanical Turk. Results of these two studies replicated the initial finding that thinking about being excluded by God lowers self-reported well-being relative to thinking about being included by God, or contemplating that God created the earth. Moreover, a mini-meta analysis of the original study and the current two studies added the novel insight that thinking about being included by God increased well-being relative to contemplating that God created the earth. Overall, these results show how people’s perceived relationship with God may influence their quality of life.
|Journal||International Journal for The Psychology of Religion|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- HEALTH OUTCOMES
- RELIGIOUS ORIENTATION
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The effect of thinking about being excluded by God on well-being: A replication and extension
George, A. R. (Contributor), Wesselmann, E. D. (Contributor), Hilgard, J. (Contributor), Young, A. I. (Contributor) & van Beest, I. (Contributor), OSF, 2020