Development and validation of a religious health fatalism measure for the African-American faith community.

Franklin MD, Schlundt DG, Wallston KA
J Health Psychol. 2008 13 (3): 323-35

PMID: 18420767 · DOI:10.1177/1359105307088137

Health researchers struggle to understand barriers to improving health in the African-American community. The African-American church is one of the most promising venues for health promotion, disease prevention, and disparities reduction. Religious fatalism, the belief that health outcomes are inevitable and/or determined by God, may inhibit healthy behaviors for a subset of religious persons. This study reports the development and validation of the Religious Health Fatalism Questionnaire, a measurement tool for studying faith-related health beliefs in African-Americans. Participants included 276 members of seven predominantly African-American churches. Factor analysis indicated three dimensions: (1) Divine Provision; (2) Destined Plan; and (3) Helpless Inevitability. Evidence is presented for the reliability, convergent and predictive validity of the Religious Health Fatalism Questionnaire.

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Adolescent Adult African Americans Aged Aged, 80 and over Attitude to Health Female Health Behavior Humans Male Middle Aged Psychometrics Religion Surveys and Questionnaires

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