The relationship between religiosity/spirituality and well-being in gay and heterosexual Orthodox Jews

Erez Harari, David S. Glenwick, John J. Cecero

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Numerous studies have demonstrated positive relationships between religiosity/spirituality and emotional well-being. Little research exists, though, on these relationships in Orthodox Jewish and gay populations. Therefore, data from two studies focusing on heterosexual Orthodox Jews (Study 1, 52 females, 18 males) and gay Orthodox Jews (Study 2, 191 males) are presented. The studies assessed religiosity, spirituality, and well-being using validated self-report measures. In Study 1, religiosity and spirituality were generally positively correlated with well-being. In Study 2, spirituality was positively correlated with well-being, while religiosity entered into a complex pattern of relationships. For gay Orthodox Jews, religiosity may not have the same associations with well-being that it does for heterosexual Orthodox Jews, although spirituality may provide an alternative pathway for emotional benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)886-897
Number of pages12
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Oct 21 2014



  • Jewish
  • LGBT
  • gay
  • orthodox
  • religion
  • religiosity
  • spirituality
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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