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October 2021

Spirituality in physical health and aging

Author(s): Traphagan, J. W., Koenig, H. G., Larson, D. B.

Journal/Book: J Adult Development. 2000; 7: 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013, USA. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publ. 73-86.

Abstract: A variety of research has documented the association between various measures of religion/spirituality and physical health outcomes. The purpose of this paper is to review the literature on this topic. The paper also discusses the mechanisms that are thought to underlie the associations found in the literature. Further, the paper presents several avenues along which future research might proceed in order to advance our understanding of these issues. The paper concludes by making a case for the need for empirical examinations of these issues in countries other than the United States. Particular focus is paid hen to religion among older adults in Japan.

Note: Article Musick MA, Univ Texas, Dept Sociol, Austin,TX 78712 USA

Keyword(s): religion; spirituality; physical health; mortality; Japan; SUBJECTIVE HEALTH; RELIGIOUS INVOLVEMENT; SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS; NONDISABLED PERSONS; 7TH-DAY ADVENTISTS; CANCER INCIDENCE; MORTALITY-RATES; OLDER ADULTS; NON-MORMONS; ATTENDANCE


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