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Faith, prayer, and health outcomes in elderly Native Americans

TitleFaith, prayer, and health outcomes in elderly Native Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsMeisenhelder, JB, Chandler, EN
JournalClin Nurs ResClin Nurs Res
Date PublishedMay
ISBN Number1054-7738 (Print)<br/>1054-7738 (Linking)
Accession Number12162242
KeywordsAged/ psychology, Female, Health Status, Humans, Indians, North American/ psychology, Male, Models, Psychological, Religion, United States
AbstractThis survey questioned 71 Native Americans over age 65 living in the general community on their frequency of prayer, importance of faith, and their health status. The researchers hypothesized that people with higher scores in faith and prayer would experience a more positive health status. Self-reports of health indicated a high level of functioning overall. Older people and those living alone had poorer physical and emotional health outcomes than younger elders and those living with one or more persons, although neither age nor living situation was related to mental health. People who prayed more often and those who indicated a high importance of their faith scored higher in the mental health subscale, confirming the hypothesis for this dimension of health.
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