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Journal:   JOURNAL OF EDUCATION AND PSYCHOLOGY   FALL 2006 , Volume 13 , Number 3; Page(s) 31 To 52.
 
Paper: 

THE SIMPLE AND MULTIPLE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SOME ASPECTS OF RELIGIOUS ORIENTATION AND MENTAL HEALTH

 
 
Author(s):  KARAMI J., ROGHANCHI M., ATARI YOUSEF ALI, BESHLIDEH K., SHEKARI M.
 
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Abstract: 

This research was designed to study the relationship of religious orientation and mental health among the students of Razi University in Kermanshah City in the academic year of 2004-2005. The statistical population included 9476 students who were studying in their second term. 449 students consisted the research sample who were selected randomly using a stratified sampling method. To measure religious orientation, religious orientation questionnaire with an Islamic approach was used. This questionnaire includes 70 items with four choices and two subscales named "opinions and rites" and "morality". To measure mental health GHQ-28 scale was used. To analyse the collected data descriptive statistical methods, Pearson correlation coefficient and regression analysis were used. Results showed that there is a significant relationship between rites orientation and the four aspects of mental health as follows: with bodyhealth (r=-0.26), anxiety (r=-0.29), social functioning (r=-0.26) and depression (r=-0.39). In addition, the following significant relationships exist between moral orientation and body health (r=-0.42), anxiety (r=-0.49), social functioning (r=-0.33) and depression (r=-0.55). Regression analysis for the girls showed that moral orientation was the best predictor of mental health. But, for boys, in addition to the moral orientation, the rite orientation has a small but significant share in the prediction of mental health. It means that the rite oriention is to some extent important for boys.

 
Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS ORIENTATION, MENTAL HEALTH, MORAL ORIENTATION
 
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