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Church-based social support, religious commitment, and health among older Mexican Americans

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Krause, Neal, and R. David Hayward. 2014. "Church-based social support, religious commitment, and health among older Mexican Americans." Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31(3): 352-365.

Research indicates that social support that is provided by fellow church members is associated with better health. The goal of the current study is to contribute to this literature in three potentially important ways. First, the effects of received support are contrasted with a second measure of support-satisfaction with support received. Second, it is hypothesized that the effects of church-based support on self-rated health will depend upon the level of religious commitment. Third, these issues are examined with data from a nationwide survey of older Mexican Americans. The findings suggest that satisfaction with support, but not received support, is associated with better health. However, the results further reveal that these potentially important benefits are only evident among older Mexican Americans who are more committed to their faith. © The Author(s) 2013.

DOI:10.1177/0265407513494952 (Full Text)

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