Sanctification of life and health: insights from the landmark spirituality and health survey

Neal Krause, Kenneth Pargament, Peter Hill, Gail Ironson

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The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between sanctification of life and health. Sanctification is defined as a process through which aspects of life are perceived as having divine character and significance. A latent variable model was created to test the following hypotheses that link sanctification with health: (1) people who attend worship services more often are more likely to develop a sanctified view of life; (2) individuals who develop a sanctified view of life are likely to be more compassionate, (3) people who are more compassionate will provide more emotional support to others, (4) providing more support to others will be associated with a greater sense of meaning in life, and (5) people who have derived a deeper sense of meaning in life will enjoy better health. Data from a new cross-sectional nationwide survey (N = 2932) provide support for each of these hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)660-673
Number of pages14
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 8 2016


  • Sanctification
  • compassion
  • helping others

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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