„Intricacies of the Calling: The Spirituality of Polish Nuns” K.Skrzypińska, I.Chudzik
29 stycznia 2014
In an era of globalisation and increased consumption, questions arise as to the nature and quality of the spiritual sphere of life and its role in well-being. Our research compared the spirituality and well-being of laywomen and nuns, taking into consideration the distinctness of their life path, and tested the hypothesis that women’s spirituality, understood as a dimension of personality, can be a predictor of well-being. The study, which involved 211 Catholics, mapped the spirituality of laypersons and clergy by taking into account their religious attitudes, ethical sensitivity, and harmony. Women and men exhibited comparable spirituality levels, but significant differences emerged between lay and clerical women in terms of both spirituality and well-being. Nuns registered higher levels of spirituality and well-being, and prevalent positive emotions. Different patterns of satisfaction’s predictors appeared in the two groups.
In the modern world, immersed in ideological, political and financial turmoil, researchers are called to carefully monitor different aspects of the mental condition of people, including spirituality. The loss of the meaning of life, which represents the quest of the spiritual life, can have painful consequences, in the form of increased depression, neurosis, and even suicide. Our research compared the spirituality and well-being of laywomen and nuns, and tested the hypothesis that the spirituality of women, understood as a dimension of personality, can be a predictor of well-being. To address these issues, the paper is structured into two main sections. First, the theoretical section discusses spirituality, the relation of women to spirituality and well-being, the way in which clerical and lay women understand life satisfaction, and the research questions and hypotheses of our analysis. The empirical section presents the method, results, relation to scholarship, and limitations of our research.
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