Religiousness and Subjective Well-Being Among Jewish Female Residents of Old Age Homes in Israel Academic Article uri icon


  • Explores the prevalence of religiousness among Jewish elderly women residing in old age homes in Israel and its impact on their subjective well-being. Using a 3-stage sampling procedure, 464 female 75 yr old and older residents of 48 old age homes were selected for personal interviews. Religiousness was measured through self-rated religiousness and the Religiousness Scale developed by J. Ben Meir and P. Kedem (1979). Subjective well-being was measured by the Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale (M. P. Lawton, 1975). The data show that 33.9% of the elderly reported they were non-religious, while the majority define themselves as traditional, orthodox or ultra orthodox. Multiple regression analysis revealed that religiousness did not affect the residents' subjective well-being. However, there was a positive correlation between residents' religious faith and their perceived health status, suggesting that religious faith may have a role in their lives, perceived health, and subjective well-being. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

publication date

  • January 1, 2002