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Am J Health Behav. 2007 Nov-Dec;31(6):563-72.

Religious fatalism and its association with health behaviors and outcomes.

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Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37217, USA. Monica.d.franklin@vanderbilt.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the association between religious fatalism and health care utilization, health behaviors, and chronic illness.

METHODS:

As part of Nashville's REACH 2010 project, residents (n=1273) participated in a random telephone survey that included health variables and the helpless inevitability subscale of the Religious Health Fatalism Questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Religious health fatalism was higher among African Americans and older participants. Some hypotheses about the association between fatalism and health outcomes were confirmed.

CONCLUSION:

Religious fatalism is only partially predictive of health behaviors and outcomes and may be a response to chronic illness rather than a contributor to unhealthy behaviors.

PMID:
17691869
PMCID:
PMC4144788
DOI:
10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.6.563
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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