Religious fatalism and its association with health behaviors and outcomes.

Franklin MD, Schlundt DG, McClellan LH, Kinebrew T, Sheats J, Belue R, Brown A, Smikes D, Patel K, Hargreaves M
Am J Health Behav. 2007 31 (6): 563-72

PMID: 17691869 · PMCID: PMC4144788 · DOI:10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.6.563

OBJECTIVE - To examine the association between religious fatalism and health care utilization, health behaviors, and chronic illness.

METHODS - As part of Nashville's REACH 2010 project, residents (n=1273) participated in a random telephone survey that included health variables and the helpless inevitability subscale of the Religious Health Fatalism Questionnaire.

RESULTS - Religious health fatalism was higher among African Americans and older participants. Some hypotheses about the association between fatalism and health outcomes were confirmed.

CONCLUSION - Religious fatalism is only partially predictive of health behaviors and outcomes and may be a response to chronic illness rather than a contributor to unhealthy behaviors.

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African Americans Attitude to Health Chronic Disease Demography European Continental Ancestry Group Female Health Behavior Health Services Humans Male Middle Aged Religion Superstitions Surveys and Questionnaires

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