Religion, Subjective Well-being & Volunteerism

Considering religiosity as a multidimensional construct, this research aims to unpack the various mechanisms linking religiosity to subjective well-being among Chinese citizens. 

Different from the free religious markets found in Western societies, China has a highly regulated religious market where oligopolistic dynamics characterizes church-state relations. This research considers religiosity as a multidimensional construct from the perspectives of religious identity, beliefs, and practices and examines the relationship pathways among religiosity, trust, altruism, and subjective well-being. This research also investigates the link between religiosity and Chinese national identity and how this linkage varies by different religions.  

Center members working on this project: Qin Gao and Jun Lu.



Columbia Affiliations
China Center for Social Policy