Evidence supports an association between religion and spirituality and health outcomes. The aim of this study is to examine religious beliefs related to health and their relationship to self-rated health in a large and diverse population-based sample in Chicago. Three religious beliefs were assessed—the importance of prayer for health, God’s will as the most important factor in getting well, and sanctity of the body. All three beliefs were highly prevalent, especially among racial/ethnic minorities. Unadjusted models showed a significant association between two of the beliefs and self-rated health, which did not persist in the adjusted models. This study provides insight into different belief patterns among racial/ethnic groups and has practical implications for both clinicians and public health practitioners.
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The Sinai Community Health Survey 2.0 was funded by the Chicago Community Trust (www.cct.org), grants C2013-00,630, C2014-01,723, C2015-04,294. The funders had no role in the design of the current study, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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Walters, K., Benjamins, M.R. Religious Beliefs About Health and the Body and their Association with Subjective Health. J Relig Health (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-020-01178-2
- Self-rated health
- Subjective health