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Religious Fatalism and Its Association With Health Behaviors and Outcomes

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Abstract:

Objective : To examine the association between religious fatalism and health care utilization, health behaviors, and chronic illness.

Methods : As part of Nashville's REACH 2010 project, residents (n=1273) participated in a random telephone survey that included health variables and the helpless inevitability subscale of the Religious Health Fatalism Questionnaire.

Results : Religious health fatalism was higher among African Americans and older participants. Some hypotheses about the association between fatalism and health outcomes were confirmed.

Conclusion : Religious fatalism is only partially predictive of health behaviors and outcomes and may be a response to chronic illness rather than a contributor to unhealthy behaviors.

Keywords: African-American health; REACH 2010; fatalism; health disparities; religion

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.31.6.1

Publication date: November 1, 2007

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