Type of Thesis
This research explores the impact of six different adverse life events on religiosity by utilizing a nationally representative dataset of the entire Australian population, combining information on religious importance, religious attendance, and a variety of adverse life events. We exploit the longitudinal dimension of the dataset by using fixed-effects estimations to account for time and individual variations. We found that the importance of religious beliefs increases in response to within the past year occurrence of the death of a friend, death of a relative, and personal injury. Being a victim of physical violence cause a higher increase in the importance of religious beliefs for highly religious individuals and individuals living in the most disadvantaged areas of Australia 1-3 years following the incident. On average, the results are in line with the religious coping theory.
Helal, Abdullah, "Trauma and Religiosity" (2019). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 1825.