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Dietary Behavior, Dietary Adequacy, and Religious Social Support: An Exploratory Study

Wm. Alex McIntosh and Peggy A. Shifflett
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 26, No. 2 (Dec., 1984), pp. 158-175
DOI: 10.2307/3511700
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3511700
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

Little attention has been paid to religion as a source of social support. Various forms of social support including religion have shown to have positive effects on health and preventative health behavior. Only recently has dietary behavior and dietary adequacy been considered by such approaches. No research has examined the association of religious social support and diet. This research, based on a sample of elderly in Virginia, explores the idea that religious commitment, as a form of social support, is positively associated with dietary behavior and dietary adequacy. The findings suggest that religious commitment is weakly associated with dietary adequacy and behavior; however, this association is partially altered by both religious preference and localism.

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