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International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) |Volume VI, Issue X, October 2022|ISSN 2454-6186

Understanding the Relationship between Religiosity and Mental Health: A Sociological Study on the University students in Bangladesh

 Md. Ferdaush Hossain
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Jagannath University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Abstract: The purpose of the study is to determine whether there is a connection between religiosity and mental health as well as the contribution of religion to safeguarding the mental health of Bangladeshi youths. The study consulted current, pertinent writing on religion and health-related concerns. Additionally, information was gathered from 150 respondents using a cluster sampling and purposive sampling technique. This study demonstrates how religious convictions, behaviors, and health problems are related. It suggests that religion and mental health have a beneficial association. Additionally, it implies that young people’s mental health can be safeguarded by their religiosity. The study findings challenge the social belief that religion is not the only remedy of mental illness but an important one. However, while those who lack religious passion also have good mental health conditions, those who are religiously enthusiastic do not always have it. Therefore, a strong religious commitment is not required to be mentally healthy.

Keywords: Religion, Religiosity, Mental Health, Protect


Religion is one of the oldest institutions in history. It has a great impact on human life. Some people are mentally satisfied by practicing religious activities while another group of people denies the necessity of religion. Strong faith in religious or secular meaning systems provides psychological safety and hope, according to research. The desire for religion in humanity appears to be psychological. A belief that developed due to humanity’s primal psychological needs subsequently transformed. Perspective religion offers much-needed rules that people can use to chart their lives’ destinies from the perspective of mental wellness. The believers can handle life’s stresses and strains, as well as its uncertainties, more easily (Agarwal, 1989). Different religions have had distinctive beliefs and worship practices since the dawn of humanity. Every religion’s belief system has effects on mental disease and health (Behere, Das, & Yadav, 2013). In general, religion and spirituality are helpful to people in coping, especially those with the fewest resources facing the most intractable of problems, according to empirical studies of many groups dealing with major life stressors like natural disasters, illness, the loss of loved ones, divorce, and serious mental illness. People have access to various religious and spiritual practices linked to improved crisis adjustment (Pargament, 2013).