THE CHRISTIAN FAITH AS PREDICTOR OF LONELINESS

Anda Le Roux

Abstract


The chief aim of the research was to investigate the importance of Christian faith in
the prediction of loneliness. Questionnaires were completed by more than 3000
church members of the reformed churches in Bloemfontein, from which a sample of
1000 questionnaires was randomly drawn in order to form the research sample. The
results, generated by means of a stepwise multiple regression analysis, showed that
faith in Jesus Christ is an important predictor in loneliness. It was also found that
certain biographical variables correlate very highly with loneliness and can be used
effectively to predict loneliness amongst individuals. This combination of variables,
viz. Christian faith and biographical variables, managed to account for about 19%
of the variance of loneliness.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/80-0-764

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