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

TitleChurch-based social relationships, belonging, and health among older Mexican Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKrause, N, Bastida, E
JournalJ Sci Study ReligJ Sci Study Relig
Volume50
Pagination397-409
ISBN Number0021-8294 (Print)<br/>0021-8294 (Linking)
Accession Number21687808
KeywordsHealth, History, 20th Century, History, 21st Century, Interpersonal Relations/history, jurisprudence/psychology, Mexican Americans/education/ethnology/history/legislation &, Religion/history, Residence Characteristics/history, Social Behavior/history, Social Identification, Social Support
AbstractThe 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.