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Religious Believers Showed Lower Stress and Unhappiness Amidst COVID-19 Lockdowns, Reveals Cambridge Study

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Parsi praying from outside an agiary during COVID-19 lockdown. (Sanjay Hadkar/BCCL Mumbai)

Parsi praying from outside an agiary during COVID-19 lockdown.

(Sanjay Hadkar/BCCL Mumbai)

parsi agiary is not given permission to open this devotees pray

Researchers from the University of Cambridge suggest that individuals with religious faith experienced reduced unhappiness and stress compared to others during the COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdowns in 2020 and 2021. According to economists at the university, religion may serve as a protective factor against increased distress and diminished well-being during crises, such as a global public health emergency.

The study, based on survey data from 3,884 people in the UK during the initial two national lockdowns, revealed a 29% lower average increase in unhappiness for those identifying with a religion. Professor Shaun Larcom from Cambridge’s Department of Land Economy emphasised the unique opportunity the pandemic provided to assess the impact of a negative shock on well-being across society.

The analysis also considered “religiosity,” indicating the extent of an individual’s commitment to religious beliefs. Those for whom religion played a significant role in their lives experienced approximately half the increase in unhappiness compared to those for whom religion had little or no impact. Larcom noted that the study suggests it’s not just being religious but the intensity of religiosity that matters in coping with a crisis.

The research, published as a working paper by Cambridge’s Faculty of Economics, revealed a 20% lower probability of religious individuals experiencing an increase in depression compared to their non-religious counterparts. While there was little overall difference between Christians, Muslims, and Hindus—the three largest religions in the UK—some religious groups showed varying levels of well-being when places of worship were closed during the first lockdown. Larcom mentioned that the denial of weekly communal attendance seemed to particularly affect Catholics and Muslims.

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