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Religion, Spirituality, Aging, and Health

a PSC Research Project

Investigator:   Neal Krause

The purpose of this study is to collect a fifth wave of data for an established nationwide survey of religion and health. Measures of the following character strengths will be obtained: humility, altruism, compassion, forgiveness, meaning in life, and various beliefs regarding God. Five issues will be examined. First, humility serves as the linchpin in this work - it is proposed that humility gives rise to the other character strengths. For example, people who are humble are more compassionate, and people who are more compassionate are, in turn, more likely to help others. Second, the religious roots of humility will be examined. Third, it is proposed that when the character strengths are taken together they create a higher-order character strength - wisdom. The work on wisdom is extended by seeing whether it is associated with health. Fourth, a range of longitudinal models will be evaluated to determine the temporal ordering among key character strengths. Fifth, a series of individual growth curve models will be estimated to assess trajectories of character strengths over time and the factors that predict these changes.

Funding Period: 03/01/2011 to 02/29/2016

Country of Focus: USA

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