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Religion and health among older Mexican Americans: exploring the influence of making mandas

TitleReligion and health among older Mexican Americans: exploring the influence of making mandas
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKrause, N, Bastida, E
JournalJ Relig HealthJ Relig Health
Volume51
Pagination812-24
Date PublishedSep
ISBN Number1573-6571 (Electronic)<br/>0022-4197 (Linking)
Accession Number20838897
KeywordsAged, Christianity/ psychology, Factor Analysis, Statistical, Female, Health Status, Humans, Internal-External Control, Male, Mexican Americans/ psychology, Models, Psychological, Religion and Psychology, Southwestern United States
AbstractA manda is a religious quid pro quo whereby an older Mexican American promises to perform a religious act if the Virgin or one of the saints grants a request. The purpose of this study is to see whether making mandas is associated with health among older Mexican Americans. Findings from the study model suggest that making mandas is associated with a greater sense of personal control, and more personal control is associated, in turn, with better health.