|Professor G. Alexander Ross of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS).|
ARLINGTON, VA (February 17, 2011) - Professor G. Alexander Ross
of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) in
Arlington, VA has recently published a research article that examines
the impact of regular church attendance on the decline in
self-reported happiness among American women.
Research first reported in 2009
by two professors at the Wharton School of Management indicated
that the change in the status of women experienced in
American society over the past three and half decades has
not resulted in an increase in women’s happiness.
self-reported happiness among women in the United States has declined
during that period while happiness among men appears to have
remained approximately the same.
Examining these findings further, Professor Ross
found that this decline in happiness among American women over
the period was influenced in two ways by the level
of church attendance.
On one hand, there was a direct
effect in which some of the decline in happiness among
women was apparently due to the drop in church attendance
over the three and half decades; on the other hand,
there was a protective effect in which women who attended
church more regularly were less subject to the various forces
that produced the decline in happiness.
In short, it was
only the group of women who attended church rarely or
not at all who experienced a significant decline in happiness
over the past three and a half decades.
text of the article is available at http://www.religjournal.com. Although
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is no charge.