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

Journal Article (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

  • August 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 58 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1188 - 1202

PubMed ID

  • 30334184

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6571

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10943-018-0721-0


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States