Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on ReligionInstitute for Studies of Relgion
IJRR :: 2011 Volume 7 :: Article 1
2011 Volume 7, Article 1
The Impact of Church Attendance on the Decline in Female Happiness in the United States

Author: G. Alexander Ross (Institute for the Psychological Sciences)

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Using the comprehensive data file of the General Social Survey for the years 19722008, I replicate the findings of Stevenson and Wolfers (2009) of a decline in self-reported happiness among women in the United States during the past three and a half decades. I then examine the impact of church attendance on this trend and find two principal effects: a direct effect, in which some of the decline in happiness among women is attributable to the drop in church attendance over the period, and a protective effect, in which women who attended church more regularly were less subject to the various forces that produced that decline.

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