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J Health Psychol. 2010 Mar;15(2):163-72. doi: 10.1177/1359105309345171.

Religiousness and blood donation: findings from a national survey.

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  • 1Howard University, Silver Spring, MD 20904, USA.


Religions instruct individuals to engage in prosocial behaviors. Previous studies are lacking on a positive relation between religiousness and blood donation. We tested this hypothesis using a national survey of 7611 women and 4282 men aged 18-44 years. In women, positive associations of childhood religious affiliation, current affiliation and attendance with blood donation were seen on bivariate analysis but were no longer significant when socio-demographic variables were controlled for. Religiousness was not associated with history of blood donation in men, with the exception of higher donation rates in Catholic men aged 35-44.

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