Sanctification of life and health: insights from the landmark spirituality and health survey
Rosemead School of Psychology
The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between sanctification of life and health. Sanctification is defined as a process through which aspects of life are perceived as having divine character and significance. A latent variable model was created to test the following hypotheses that link sanctification with health: (1) people who attend worship services more often are more likely to develop a sanctified view of life; (2) individuals who develop a sanctified view of life are likely to be more compassionate, (3) people who are more compassionate will provide more emotional support to others, (4) providing more support to others will be associated with a greater sense of meaning in life, and (5) people who have derived a deeper sense of meaning in life will enjoy better health. Data from a new cross-sectional nationwide survey (N = 2932) provide support for each of these hypotheses.
Mental Health, Religion & Culture
DOI of Published Version
Hill, Peter C., "Sanctification of life and health: insights from the landmark spirituality and health survey" (2016). Faculty Articles & Research. 562.