Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 123–129 | Cite as

Religion as a support component in the health behavior of Black Americans

  • Alfonso ScandrettJr.


The use of religion as a support component in an effort to change the health behavior of Black Americans is historical and pervasive. The Black church's role as a social agent in the Black community has been a stabilizing factor in its overall health status. Political and social barriers that have deprived Black people of proper health care have been overcome through religious intervention. This intervention has been offered in the hope that proper health behavior would prevail. This article addresses the role of the Black church as an institution that uses different components of social support for the people in its surrounding community. Historical, theoretical, and health behavior are addressed in an effort to provide an explanation for the need to understand the marriage between social support and the Black church. In addition, related literature that provides support for the arguments of this article is also addressed.


Health Care Health Status Social Support Health Behavior Related Literature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfonso ScandrettJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Texas Tech UniversityUSA

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