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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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MELO, Cynthia de Freitas; SAMPAIO, Israel Silva; SOUZA, Deborah Leite de Abreu  and  PINTO, Nilberto dos Santos. Correlation between religiousness, spirituality and quality of life: a review of literature. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.2, pp. 447-464. ISSN 1808-4281.

The phenomenon of religion, so long seen in the scientific community through critical eyes, has gained ground in health studies, particularly in psychology. From this perspective, the present study aimed to perform a literature review of meta-analysis verifying existing studies that explored the correlation between quality of life and religiosity in different ways and contexts. Following a rigid sequence of steps planned in the method, was used as descriptors the terms "religion", "quality of life" and "spirituality", and listed 263 items Portuguese and English available in all journals indexed in Capes portal. After verification of inclusion criteria and exclusion of all material, 14 documents were analyzed. The results showed that religiousness and spirituality are correlated with quality of life, working mainly as coping in adverse situations. Thus, it is evident the importance of these phenomena for practical health, emphasizing the need to value them and include them in vocational training courses.

Keywords : quality of life; religiosity; spirituality; meta-analysis.

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