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Emotional expressiveness during worship services and life satisfaction: Assessing the influence of race and religious affiliation

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Krause, Neal, and R. David Hayward. 2013. "Emotional expressiveness during worship services and life satisfaction: Assessing the influence of race and religious affiliation." Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 16(8): 813-831.

The purpose of this study is to see if an emotional expressive worship style is associated with life satisfaction. Our study model contains the following core relationships: (1) blacks are more likely than whites to worship in conservative Protestant congregations; (2) members of conservative congregations and blacks will attend church services more often; (3) blacks and conservative Protestants are more likely than either whites or members of other congregations to openly express their emotions during worship services; (4) individuals who express their emotions during church services will be more likely say they worship in a highly cohesive congregation; (5) people who worship in highly cohesive congregations will generalise this sense of connectedness to people outside their place of worship; and (6) those who feel closely connected with all people will experience a greater sense of life satisfaction. Finding from a nationwide survey provide support for each of these relationships.

DOI:10.1080/13674676.2012.721349 (Full Text)

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