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Religion, suffering, and self-rated health among older Mexican Americans

TitleReligion, suffering, and self-rated health among older Mexican Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKrause, N, Bastida, E
JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc SciJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number1758-5368 (Electronic)<br/>1079-5014 (Linking)
Accession Number21076086
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Aging/ psychology, Attitude to Health, Catholicism/ psychology, Culture, Female, Humans, Life Change Events, Male, Mexican Americans/ psychology, Models, Psychological, Motivation, Quality of Life/psychology, Religion and Psychology, Resilience, Psychological, Stress, Psychological/ psychology
AbstractOBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between religiously based beliefs about suffering and health among older Mexicans. METHODS: A nationwide survey of older Mexican Americans was conducted (N=1,005). Questions were administered to assess beliefs about finding positive outcomes in suffering, the benefits of suffering in silence, other dimensions of religion, and health. RESULTS: The findings suggest that older Mexican Americans who use their faith to find something positive in the face of suffering tend to rate their health more favorably. In contrast, older Mexican Americans who believe that it is important to suffer in silence tend to rate their health less favorably. DISCUSSION: Moving beyond measures of church attendance to explore culturally relevant beliefs about suffering provides important insight into the relationship between religion and health among older Mexican Americans.