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Religiousness/Spirituality and Subjective well-Being Among Rural Elderly Whites, African Americans, and Native Americans

TitleReligiousness/Spirituality and Subjective well-Being Among Rural Elderly Whites, African Americans, and Native Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsYoon, DPil, Lee, E-KOthelia
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social EnvironmentJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Volume10
Pagination191-211
ISBN Number1091-1359<br/>1540-3556
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2005-01762-006
Keywords*Racial and Ethnic Differences, *Rural Environments, *Spirituality, *Well Being, Blacks, Gerontology [2860], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), religiosity, spirituality, well-being, rural older population, ethnic groups, African Americans, Native Americans, whites, us, Whites
AbstractLittle attention has been paid to subjective well-being among non-White elderly in rural areas where medical resources and financial support are deficient. The present study assessed a rural community sample of 215 elderly comprising 85 Caucasians, 75 African Americans, and 55 Native Americans, to examine roles of spirituality/ religiousness on their subjective well-being. This study found ethnic differences in the reliance on religiosity/spirituality and a significant association between dimensions of religiousness/spirituality and subjective well-being among all ethnic rural elderly groups. The results of the study suggest that health providers, social workers, and faith communities need to provide rural elderly with religious and spiritual support in order to enhance their life satisfaction and lessen their emotional distress. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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