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Psychological and Social Characteristics Associated with Religiosity in Women's Health Initiative Participants.
Cardiovascular Medicine Publications and Presentations
  • Eliezer Schnall, Yeshiva University
  • Solomon Kalkstein, University of Pennsylvania
  • George Fitchett, Rush University
  • Elena Salmoirago Blotcher, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Judith K. Ockene, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Hilary A Tindle, University of Pittsburgh
  • Julie R. Hunt, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Asha Thomas, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
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Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
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Religion and Medicine; Religion and Psychology; Women's Health; Social Support
Measures of religiosity are linked to health outcomes, possibly indicating mediating effects of associated psychological and social factors. We examined cross-sectional data from 92,539 postmenopausal participants of the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study who responded to questions on religious service attendance, psychological characteristics, and social support domains. We present odds ratios from multiple logistic regressions controlling for covariates. Women attending services weekly during the past month, compared with those not attending at all in the past month, were less likely to be depressed [OR = 0.78; CI = 0.74-0.83] or characterized by cynical hostility [OR = 0.94; CI = 0.90-0.98], and more likely to be optimistic [OR = 1.22; CI = 1.17-1.26]. They were also more likely to report overall positive social support [OR = 1.28; CI = 1.24-1.33], as well as social support of four subtypes (emotional/informational support, affection support, tangible support, and positive social interaction), and were less likely to report social strain [OR = 0.91; CI = 0.88-0.94]. However, those attending more or less than weekly were not less likely to be characterized by cynical hostility, nor were they less likely to report social strain, compared to those not attending during the past month.
DOI of Published Version
Journal of Religion and Health. 2011 Nov 9. [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1007/s10943-011-9549-6
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Eliezer Schnall, Solomon Kalkstein, George Fitchett, Elena Salmoirago Blotcher, et al.. "Psychological and Social Characteristics Associated with Religiosity in Women's Health Initiative Participants." (2011)
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