Religiosity and healthy lifestyle behaviours in Malaysian Muslims: The mediating role of subjective well-being and self-regulation

Swan Ee Tey, Miriam Sang Ah Park, Karen Jennifer Golden

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    Past research on healthy lifestyle behaviours has been primarily conducted within Western or Judeo–Christian contexts, while non-Western or Muslim contexts remain under-represented. This study examined predictors of healthy lifestyle behaviours (religiosity, goal-setting, impulse control, and subjective well-being) in Malaysian Muslims and explored the mechanisms underlying the relationship between religiosity and healthy lifestyle behaviours. Self-report survey responses from 183 healthy adults (Mage = 28.63 years, 18–50 years) were analysed using regression and multiple mediation analyses. The results indicated that subjective well-being emerged as the strongest predictor, followed by goal-setting. Furthermore, subjective well-being and goal-setting mediated the religiosity–healthy lifestyle behaviour relationship. The findings provide guidance for future health-promoting interventions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2050-2065
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Religion and Health
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


    • Healthy lifestyle behaviours
    • Religiosity
    • Self-regulation
    • Subjective well-being

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