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Church-based social relationships, belonging, and health among older Mexican Americans

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Krause, Neal, and Elena Bastida. 2011. "Church-based social relationships, belonging, and health among older Mexican Americans." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 50(2): 397-409.

The purpose of this study is to explain how church-based emotional support influences the health of older Mexican Americans. This issue is evaluated with a theoretical model that contains the following core linkages: (1) older Mexican Americans who go to church more often will be more likely to receive emotional support from fellow church members; (2) older Mexican Americans who receive more support from their fellow church members will be more likely to feel they belong in their congregation; (3) older Mexican Americans who feel they belong in their congregation are likely to have a stronger sense of personal control; and (4) older Mexican Americans who have a stronger sense of personal control are likely to enjoy better health. Data from a recent nationwide survey of older Mexican Americans provide support for each of these relationships.

DOI:10.1111/j.1468-5906.2011.01575.x (Full Text)

PMCID: PMC3115546. (Pub Med Central)

Country of focus: United States.

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