Effects of Religious Behavior on Health-Related Lifestyles of Muslims in Malaysia
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Religion has become more prominent in shaping attitudes and behavior, but little empirical information is available on the impact of religious behavior in shaping individual Muslims’ health-related lifestyle behaviors in developing countries. The present study explores the relationship between religious behavior and the health-related practices of Malaysian Muslims. A convenience sample of 176 Malaysian Muslims was collected through a self-administered questionnaire. Structural equation modeling was used to develop the model. Result shows that health-related actions are strongly influenced, both directly and indirectly, by the health-related lifestyle choices consumers engaging in on a daily basis in accordance with Islamic teachings.
KeywordsReligious behavior Muslims Health Lifestyle
The author is grateful to FRGS grant (203/PMGT/6711252) and Universiti Sains Malaysia for funding and support.
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