Meaning in Life Among Ghanaian University Students: Does Religious Commitment Matter?

Angelina Wilson, Itumeleng P. Khumalo, Elias Mpofu

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Abstract

Religiosity is widespread in Africa and permeates the life of the continent’s young adults in ways yet to be fully understood. It is unclear what meanings young Africans perceive with their religiosity or the pathways to experiencing meaning. Therefore, we investigated the role of religious commitment in the search for and experience of meaning among young people in Ghana. In a cross-sectional design study, 342 Ghanaian students (female = 67%; mean age = 21 years, SD = 3.25) completed the Religious Commitment Inventory and the Meaning in Life Questionnaire. Structural equation modelling (SEM) in Mplus was used to test direct and interaction effects to demonstrate the dynamic relationships among religious commitment, and the search for and the presence of meaning. While results indicated a positive association between religious commitment and presence of meaning, the search for meaning was unrelated to religious commitment or presence of meaning. The interaction between search for meaning and religious commitment did not result in a significant effect on presence of meaning. These findings suggest that in this Ghanaian sample, religious commitment played a role in determining meaningful life experience, but the search for meaning did not play a role in the experience of meaning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2482-2499
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume61
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Ghana
  • Meaning in life
  • Religiosity
  • Well-being
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Religious Studies

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