Correlation between Spiritual Wellbeing and Religious Orientation among Staffs of one Military Medical University

Morteza Haghighi, Fatemeh Rahmati-Najarkolaei, Ahmad Ansarian, mehdi Mesri


Introduction:  Although several studies were conducted in the spiritual well-being and religious orientation, the relationship between these two factors were not considered. This research investigated the relationship between religious orientation and spiritual health among staffs of a military university.

Method: The cross-sectional study was conducted during 2011-2012 on the staff (n=503) of a military academy that were selected through stratified sampling. Ellison and Paloutzian's spiritual well-being scale (SWBS) and Azarbayejani’s religious orientation questionnaire were used to data collection. Data were analyzed by using SPSS ver 16. software and Pearson correlation test.

Results: 61.4% of the participants had a good score of spiritual health and 74.2% had a good religious orientation. The Pearson Correlation test showed a significant correlation between religious orientation and spiritual health (r= 0.29, P=0.05).

Conclusion: Spiritual health can be improved through strengthening religion orientation. Therefore, it is recommended staff be provided with in-service religious education in order to maintain and promote their health and well-being.


Keywords: Religion, Medicine, Health

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