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Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 53, Issue 5, pp 1514–1528 | Cite as

Aging and Religious Participation in Late Life

  • Kuan-Yuan Wang
  • Kyle Kercher
  • Jui-Yen Huang
  • Karl Kosloski
Original Paper

Abstract

The aim of the study is to evaluate the relationship between two dimensions of religiosity and the process of aging. Secondary analysis of longitudinal data from the Florida Retirement Study was used to assess the trajectories of religious development over time. We analyzed data from six interview waves with 1,000 older adults aged 72 or over. A baseline model of growth processes only indicated significant variation and mean decline in religious attendance, but no significant variation nor mean change in religious beliefs over time. A final model including a set of 17 covariates was estimated, and the model fit statistics indicated very good fit for this latent growth curve model. The decline in mean religious attendance across time did not accompany a mean increase in religious beliefs as expected. There were numerous individual differences in the trajectory of decline for religious attendance, as well as in the initial levels of attendance and religious beliefs.

Keywords

Aging Religion Health 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kuan-Yuan Wang
    • 1
    • 4
  • Kyle Kercher
    • 2
  • Jui-Yen Huang
    • 3
  • Karl Kosloski
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineKaohsiung Municipal Hsiao-Kang HospitalKaohsiung CityTaiwan, ROC
  2. 2.Department of GerontologyUniversity of Nebraska at OmahaOmahaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Public HealthUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  4. 4.Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Department of Internal MedicineKaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan

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