Can religiosity boost meaning in life and suppress stress for Muslim college students?

Maher Abu-Hilal*, Muna Al-Bahrani, Maimouna Al-Zedjali

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The aim of this study was to predict the quality and meaning in life from the level of religiousness. Also, the two variables were used to predict stress and stress-related problems at family and personal levels. To achieve the objectives of the study, 344 Muslim college students from Oman responded to tailored questionnaire. The questionnaire encompassed three major subscales: religiousness, meaning in life and stress-related problems. Religiousness consisted of three constructs; and stress consisted of four constructs: personal, emotional, family, and confidence problems. The constructs within each subscale revealed acceptable validity and reliability. The results revealed that the religiousness construct strongly linked to meaning in life, but guilt feelings and non-religiosity were not. Whereas positively predicted meaning in life, religiousness was only indirectly negatively related to the stress constructs. Non-religiosity linked to all stress constructs. An important implication of this study is that Islam is a cornerstone in the life of Muslims and can be employed in counselling and rehabilitation programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-216
Number of pages14
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 16 2017


  • life meaning
  • Omani college students
  • Religiousness
  • SEM
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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