Religious involvement and mortality: a meta-analytic review.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A meta-analysis of data from 42 independent samples examining the association of a measure of religious involvement and all-cause mortality is reported. Religious involvement was significantly associated with lower mortality (odds ratio = 1.29; 95% confidence interval: 1.20-1.39), indicating that people high in religious involvement were more likely to be alive at follow-up than people lower in religious involvement. Although the strength of the religious involvement-mortality association varied as a function of several moderator variables, the association of religious involvement and mortality was robust and on the order of magnitude that has come to be expected for psychosocial factors. Conclusions did not appear to be due to publication bias.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McCullough, ME; Hoyt, WT; Larson, DB; Koenig, HG; Thoresen, C

Published Date

  • May 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 211 - 222

PubMed ID

  • 10868765

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0278-6133

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037//0278-6133.19.3.211


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States