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ERIC Number: ED312598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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The Effects of Church Attendance and Religious Activities upon the Life Satisfaction of Older Adults in Middletown, U.S.A.
Morris, David C.
This study investigated the role of religion in the lives of older adults living in the classic community setting of Middletown, U.S.A. It examined the patterns and relationships between religious attendance and activity, sex, health, income, and age with regard to the sense of subjective well-being as expressed by older Middletowners. Data were obtained from a random sample of 400 persons, 60 years of age and older. A multiple regression analysis was performed initially on seven variables (church attendance, religious activity, subjective health status, satisfaction with income, education, age, and sex) to examine their relationship to life satisfaction. Data analysis revealed that three variables (subjective health status, satisfaction with income, and church attendance) accounted for the vast majority of variance in life satisfaction. Religious activities did not show any direct effect on life satisfaction. Age, sex, health, and religious activity, but not education, all influenced church attendance. Age and education affected health, which also influenced religious activity and church attendance. Sex was related to education, which in turn influenced satisfaction with income. In examining the role of church attendance, it was revealed that while church attendance was related to life satisfaction, matters of health and perceived adequacy of income played a stronger role. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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