In one of the largest global studies of its kind to be conducted, the Barna study, carried out in partnership with World Vision, examined the data of 15,369 people aged 18 to 35 year-olds across 25 countries.
It found that those who attended a place of worship on a weekly basis were less likely to say that they experienced anxiety (22%), compared with those who did not attend church regularly (33%).
While half of practicing Christians (51%) said they felt “optimistic about the future”, this fell to a third (34%) among those with no faith.
Young people with no faith were more likely to say they often felt sad or depressed (28%) than practicing Christians (18%), and they were also more likely to report feeling “lonely and isolated from others” (31% vs 16%).
While less than a third of respondents with no faith (29%) said they felt “able to accomplish my goals”, this rose significantly among practicing Christians to 43 per cent.
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