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December 2021

Aging, religious doubt, and psychological well-being

Author(s): IngersollDayton, B., Ellison, C. G., Wulff, K. M.

Journal/Book: Gerontologist. 1999; 39: 1275 K Street NW Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005-4006, USA. Gerontological Society Amer. 525-533.

Abstract: The purpose of this study is twofold: (a) To see whether religious doubt is related to psychological well-being and (b) to test for age differences in the relationship between these constructs. The data come from a national sample of Presbyterians. The findings suggest that doubt is associated with greater psychological distress and diminished feelings of well-being. Moreover, the results reveal that the deleterious effects of doubt are greater for younger than for older people. Implications for practice with adults across the life span are suggested.

Note: Article Krause N, Univ Michigan, Sch Publ Hlth, Dept Hlth Behav & Hlth Educ, 1420 Washington Hts, Ann Arbor,MI 48109 USA

Keyword(s): religious doubt; well-being; adult development; LIFE; STRESS; HEALTH; AGE

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