Science News article A study released today suggests that the belief in a God could reduce anxiety in people who do not believe in God.
The study by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Medicine looked at the relationship between a person’s religiosity and anxiety.
The researchers found that the more a person believed in God, the less anxiety they had.
The more belief in God they did not believe, the lower their anxiety.
In a separate study, published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers at McGill University found that religious people had lower levels of anxiety than non-religious people, but there was no relationship between religiosity levels and anxiety levels.
The findings are significant because they indicate that religion is not simply a matter of being religious.
Rather, it may play a role in how individuals deal with anxiety.
Religion has been used to help people cope with a wide range of problems, including depression, substance abuse, and mental health.
However, studies have shown that the effects of religious beliefs on people’s coping are not always immediate.
For example, studies on people who are high-functioning have found that belief in an afterlife can have an immediate effect on people, such as reducing the frequency of their suicidal thoughts.
For the new study, the researchers asked 1,878 adults about their religious beliefs.
The participants were randomly assigned to be told about a study published in November by the journal Science that examined whether a belief that there is a creator God or a creator of the universe has a positive effect on anxiety.
Those who did not subscribe to a religious belief had higher levels of stress, compared to those who did.
“These findings suggest that people with a strong sense of belief in creation may be particularly vulnerable to anxiety, particularly if they are anxious about perceived threats,” the study’s authors wrote.
“This finding highlights the importance of considering the context of belief and the nature of the threat when considering whether to participate in psychological research.”
The study also showed that people who were more religious were also more likely to have less anxiety.
“A positive correlation between religiousness and anxiety, but not with religiousness itself, suggests that religious belief may not provide a simple answer to how anxiety relates to anxiety,” the researchers wrote.
Religion is often associated with positive experiences, such in the Bible, the Koran, and Islamic teachings.
People who are religious may also feel better when they feel more connected to God.
However: “In our study, we found no association between religousness and distress when we controlled for other variables, such the self-reported level of depression and anxiety,” Dr. Doreen Bovey, a co-author of the study, said in a statement.
“Our results are consistent with other recent research, which suggests that religiosity is linked to higher levels and severity of anxiety, not lower levels.”
In addition to the new research, Boveya and colleagues conducted a follow-up study with more than 1,200 participants in the United Kingdom.
They found that a belief of a creator who created the universe was associated with less anxiety than the belief that it is a creation of a person.
“The findings from the current study suggest that religous belief may be associated with a sense of personal responsibility and that the self might be the source of the source and function of anxiety,” they wrote.
The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.