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Religion, suffering, and health among older Mexican Americans

TitleReligion, suffering, and health among older Mexican Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsKrause, N, Bastida, E
JournalJ Aging StudJ Aging Stud
Date PublishedApr 1
ISBN Number1879-193X (Electronic)<br/>0890-4065 (Linking)
Accession Number21415936
AbstractPain and suffering are deeply embedded in the ethos of Mexican American culture. Consequently, it is not surprising to find that many Mexican Americans turn to their faith in an effort to deal with the pain and suffering that arise in their lives. The purpose of the current study is to explore the interface between pain, suffering, religion, and health among older Mexican Americans. Three major themes emerged from in-depth qualitative interviews with 52 older Mexican Americans. The first is concerned with whether pain and suffering are a necessary part of religious life, the second has to do with the potential benefits that pain and suffering may provide, and the third involves whether it is necessary to bear pain and suffering in silence. In the process of reviewing these themes, an effort is made to show how they may be linked with the physical and mental health of older Mexican Americans.