Spiritual behavior as strongest life style predictor of life satisfaction with special reference to type II diabetes
Dr. Sheenu Choudhary, Prof. Ira Das
A correlational design was used to study the relationship between spiritual behaviour and life satisfaction of type II diabetic (N=200) and non-diabetic (N=200) individuals. Age range of subjects was between 40 to 75 years. The tools included “Life Style Scale” prepared by the investigator herself. It has five categories of life style; (i) Eating Behaviour Scale (ii) Alcohol Consumption Behavior Scale (iii) Sleeping Behavior Scale (iv) Spiritual Behavior Scale (v) Physical Activity Scale. PGI Well Being scale by Moudgal, Verma, Pal and Kaur was used to measure life satisfaction. The results showed high positive correlation between spiritual behavior and life satisfaction of type II diabetics (r =0.44, p<.01). In case of non-diabetics also positive correlation was found between spiritual behaviour and life satisfaction (r=.46, p<.01). Multiple Regression analysis on a total sample of 400 cases also indicated highest contribution of Spiritual Behaviour in the determination of Life Satisfaction. The regression coefficients of all other life style variables were lower than this. This indicates a significant role of spiritual behaviour in the determination of life satisfaction.