Religious Attendance and Biological Risk: A National Longitudinal Study of Older Adults

Hyungjun Suh, Terrence D. Hill, Harold G. Koenig

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Abstract

Although several studies suggest that religious involvement is associated with healthier biological functioning in later life, most of this work is cross-sectional. We extend previous research by employing a longitudinal design. Our analysis of Health and Retirement Study (2006/2010) data suggests that older adults who attended religious services weekly or more in 2006 tend to exhibit fewer high-risk biomarkers in 2010 and greater reductions in allostatic load over the 4-year study period than respondents who attended yearly or not at all. These patterns persisted with adjustments for baseline allostatic load and a range of background variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1188-1202
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume58
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 15 2019

Keywords

  • Allostatic load
  • Biology
  • Cystatin-C
  • Religion
  • Religious involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies

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