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Journal Article

Does Religion Influence Adult Health?

Kenneth F. Ferraro and Cynthia M. Albrecht-Jensen
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 30, No. 2 (Jun., 1991), pp. 193-202
DOI: 10.2307/1387213
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1387213
Page Count: 10
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Does Religion Influence Adult Health?
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Abstract

The effect of religion on health status was examined with a national sample of noninstitutionalized adults. Particular attention was given to assessing the effects of religious affiliation and religiosity -- especially practice -- on subjective health status. Respondents of all ages with a more conservative religious affiliation manifested poorer health than did those with a more liberal affiliation. However, higher levels of religious practice were positively associated with better health, regardless of age. The results show that religion may have both positive and negative effects on health, although in this research the positive effect was stronger.

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