The contributions of religious practice, existential certainty, and raising grandchildren to well-being in older adults

Joe D. Wilmoth, Loriena Yancura, Melissa A Barnett, Brittney Oliver

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Abstract

Religious beliefs and practices are believed to foster well-being across the life course. This study examines whether religious practice, spiritual development, and existential certainty are positively linked to well-being in grandparents (N = 2,503) and whether these factors buffer grandparents from risks associated with raising grandchildren and adjusting to changing roles. Data were collected from individuals attending Protestant churches. Spiritual development and existential certainty were positively associated with well-being. We found no evidence for buffering effects of religious practice on grandparent well-being. Grandparents raising grandchildren reported more challenges in adjusting to changes in roles compared to their peers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Apr 21 2018

Keywords

  • Existential certainty
  • Grandparents
  • Grandparents raising grandchildren
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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