Association of Religious Participation With Mortality Among Chinese Old Adults.


Journal Article

This research examines the association of religious participation with mortality using a longitudinal data set collected from 9,017 oldest-old aged 85+ and 6,956 younger elders aged 65 to 84 in China in 2002 and 2005 and hazard models. Results show that adjusted for demographics, family/social support, and health practices, risk of dying was 24% (p < 0.001) and 12% (p < 0.01) lower among frequent and infrequent religious participants than among nonparticipants for all elders aged 65+. After baseline health was adjusted, the corresponding risk of dying declined to 21% (p < 0.001) and 6% (not significant), respectively. The authors also conducted hazard models analysis for men versus women and for young-old versus oldest-old, respectively, adjusted for single-year age; the authors found that gender differentials of association of religious participation with mortality among all elderly aged 65+ were not significant; association among young-old men was significantly stronger than among oldest-old men, but no such significant young-old versus oldest-old differentials in women were found.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zeng, Y; Gu, D; George, LK

Published Date

  • January 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 51 - 83

PubMed ID

  • 22448080

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22448080

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-7573

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0164027510383584


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States