Religion and Health

Religion and Health - Religion and Health Findings on...

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Religion and Health I. Findings on Religion and Health a. Physical Health 1. Religious people tend to be healthier 2. Better physical health overall 3. Lower mortality / Lower morbidity 4. Fewer health problems 5. Recover more quickly 6. Feel less pain, cope with pain better 7. Live longer with incurable diseases 8. Most of these come from studies done within the U.S. a. Think about if these would happen in other societies b. Are other religions likely to see this? b. Mental Health 1. Less Depression 2. Greater life satisfaction II. Mechanisms Connecting Religion to Health 1. Why? a. The placebo effect b. Support system c. Rules on what we’re not supposed to do d. Healthier people are more likely to be religious maybe 2. Mediational Pathway a. RELIGION >>> X >>> HEALTH b. Religion affects X which affects Health. b. Social Support 1. Positively affects your health c. Health Behavior 1. Healthiest: Mormons and 7 th Day Adventists a. th Day Adventists: they say it’s the social support, but probably because they don’t drink alcohol. d.
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course SOC 302 taught by Professor Langenkamp during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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