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


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.


Hypertension Chronic Disease Prevalence Rate Inverse Relationship Depression Scale 
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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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