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Older Mexican American and God-mediated control: Exploring the influence of Pentecostal/Evangelical affiliation

TitleOlder Mexican American and God-mediated control: Exploring the influence of Pentecostal/Evangelical affiliation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsKrause, N, Hayward, D
JournalMental Health, Religion & CultureMental Health, Religion & Culture
Volume16
Pagination319-333
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number1367-4676<br/>1469-9737
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2013-06371-006
Keywords*Evangelists, *God Concepts, *Religious Practices, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), Mexican Americans, Mexican Americans, God mediated control, Evangelical affiliation, Pentecostal congregations, worship services, Catholicism, Religion [2920], Roman Catholicism, us
AbstractA growing number of Mexican Americans are leaving the Catholic Church to join Pentecostal and Evangelical congregations. The purpose of this study is to explore the benefits that are associated with joining Pentecostal and Evangelical congregations. A latent variable model is specified that contains the following core relationships: (1) older Mexican Americans who affiliate with Pentecostal/Evangelical congregations will attend worship services more often; (2) older Mexican Americans who attend church more often will receive more spiritual support from their fellow church members; (3) older Mexican Americans who receive more spiritual support will develop a closer relationship with God; and (4) older Mexican Americans who have a close relationship with God will develop a stronger sense of God-mediated control. Findings from a nationwide survey of older Mexican Americans provide support for each of these linkages. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).