Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 60–69 | Cite as

Religion and health in Mexican Americans

  • Jeffrey S. Levin
  • Kyriakos S. Markides
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Abstract

The relationship between religion and health was investigated using data from a three-generation study of mexican Americans. Two measures of religion—religious institution attendance and self-rated religiosity—were correlated with a number of functional health indicators, including self-rated health, activity restriction owing to health, bed disability days, physician utilization, worry over health, a physical symptoms scale, and a depression scale. In addition, prevalence rates were calculated for several major chronic diseases. Many significant associations obtained, as well as an inverse relationship between self-rated religiosity and hypertension. These findings are interpreted in light of the literature on religious attendance and health and on religion and aging.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey S. Levin
    • 1
  • Kyriakos S. Markides
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Sociomedical Sciences, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Healththe University of Texas Medical Branch in GalvestonGalvestonUSA

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