Stairway to heaven? (Ir)religious identity moderates the effects of immersion in religious spaces on self-esteem and self-perceived physical health

Ysseldyk, Renate, Haslam, S. Alexander and Morton, Thomas A. (2016) Stairway to heaven? (Ir)religious identity moderates the effects of immersion in religious spaces on self-esteem and self-perceived physical health. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 47 14-21. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.04.016


Author Ysseldyk, Renate
Haslam, S. Alexander
Morton, Thomas A.
Title Stairway to heaven? (Ir)religious identity moderates the effects of immersion in religious spaces on self-esteem and self-perceived physical health
Journal name Journal of Environmental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1522-9610
0272-4944
Publication date 2016-09-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.04.016
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 47
Start page 14
End page 21
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The present research explored how immersion in religious spaces influenced self-perceived psychological and physical health among Christians and Atheists. Study 1 (N = 97) provided preliminary evidence in that self-identified Christians reported higher self-esteem when they focused on their external environment outside a cathedral (versus a castle or shopping district), whereas Atheists reported higher self-esteem when they focused away from this religious environment. Study 2 (N = 124) followed up on these findings by immersing Christian and Atheist participants in virtual environments. Christians reported better physical health when immersed in a cathedral (versus a mosque or museum) compared to Atheists immersed in the cathedral, who reported the greatest health while disengaging from this religious place. These results suggest that immersion in spaces that reflect one's own religious beliefs and identity has positive consequences for health and well-being.
Keyword Health
Identity
Place
Religion
Well-being
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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