Religion, social support, and life satisfaction among American Indian older adults

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2015-10
Authors
Roh, Soonhee
Kim, Youseung
Lee, Kyoung Hag
Lee, Yeon-Shim
Burnette, Catherine E.
Lawler, Michael J.
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Roh, S., Kim, Y., Lee, K.H., Lee, Y.S., Burnette, C., & Lawler, M.J. (2015). Religion, social support, and life satisfaction among American Indian older adults. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 35(4), 414-434. doi: 10.1080/15426432.2015.1097094

Abstract

This study examined the associations among religion, social support, and life satisfaction with 233 older American Indians in the Northern Plains region. Hierarchical regression indicated that those with higher religiousness and greater social support were found to have greater life satisfaction. Findings suggest that religion and social support provide promising pathways to build upon existing strengths to ameliorate mental health disparities. Health professionals must be sensitive to the complexities of religion and social support, and consider ways to incorporate cultural practices into health education and interventions to promote the quality of life for older American Indians.

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