Religious Attendance and Biological Risk: A National Longitudinal Study of Older Adults.


Journal Article

Although several studies suggest that religious involvement is associated with healthier biological functioning in later life, most of this work is cross-sectional. We extend previous research by employing a longitudinal design. Our analysis of Health and Retirement Study (2006/2010) data suggests that older adults who attended religious services weekly or more in 2006 tend to exhibit fewer high-risk biomarkers in 2010 and greater reductions in allostatic load over the 4-year study period than respondents who attended yearly or not at all. These patterns persisted with adjustments for baseline allostatic load and a range of background variables.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Suh, H; Hill, TD; Koenig, HG

Published Date

  • October 17, 2018

Published In

PubMed ID

  • 30334184

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30334184

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6571

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-4197

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10943-018-0721-0


  • eng