Religious affiliation, health behaviors and outcomes: Nashville REACH 2010.

Schlundt DG, Franklin MD, Patel K, McClellan L, Larson C, Niebler S, Hargreaves M
Am J Health Behav. 2008 32 (6): 714-24

PMID: 18442350 · PMCID: PMC4753840 · DOI:10.5555/ajhb.2008.32.6.714

OBJECTIVES - To examine the relationships of religious involvement and affiliation with health behavior and conditions.

METHODS - A survey (n = 3014) conducted for the Nashville REACH 2010 project included questions about religious affiliation and practice as well as health behaviors and conditions.

RESULTS - Bivariate analyses indicated negative associations between religious involvement and health, along with differences between religious affiliations/groups. This relationship changed, however, after controlling for demographic differences and individual differences in religious involvement.

CONCLUSIONS - Religious groups share not only beliefs, but also socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural similarities that must be taken into account in research examining religion and health.

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Adolescent Adult Aged Community-Institutional Relations Female Health Behavior Humans Male Middle Aged Religion Surveys and Questionnaires Tennessee Young Adult

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