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PAFMJ. 2017; 67(5): 853-859


THE MODERATING ROLE OF RELIGIOSITY AMONG PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION

Neelam Ehsan, Nigar Johar, Faryal Zafar.

Abstract
Objective: The objective of the present study was to explore the association of depression with mental wellbeing
with respect to religiosity among hospitalized depressed patients.
Study Design: An Exploratory and co-relational study.
Place and Duration of the study: The study was conducted at Khyber Medical complex, Hayatabad Medical
Complex and Lady reading Hospitals of Peshawar from Mar 2016 to Aug 2016.
Material and Methods: A sample of 50 male and female hospitalized depressed patients was taken from different
hospitals of Peshawar through purposive sampling technique. Beck Depression Inventory, Belief into Action Scale
and Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale were used for measuring study variables. Correlation and
regression analysis were conducted to analyze data.
Results: Total 50 patients were selected among them 25(50%) were males and 25(50%) were females. The mean
age was 28.2 12.8 with the range of 15-60 years. Bivariate correlation matrix revealed that scores of respondents
on Belief into Action Scale has a significant positive correlation with scores on Warwick Mental Wellbeing Scale.
Patients who had religious attachments had better mental wellbeing. On the other hand, mental well being was
negatively correlated with depression showing that the more the respondent was depressed the less were the
scores on mental wellbeing scale. The R2 value of 0.14 indicates 14% variance in outcome variable with
F(1, 49)=8.19, p

Key words: Depression, Mental wellbeing, Religion, Spirituality.



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