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Perceptions of the religion-health connection among African American church members.

Authors
  • Holt, Cheryl L
  • McClure, Stephanie M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Qualitative Health Research
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2006
Volume
16
Issue
2
Pages
268–281
Identifiers
PMID: 16394214
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In this qualitative study, the authors examine perceptions of the religiosity-health connection among African American church members. They conducted 33 interviews with members of predominately African American churches. The clergy and members from each congregation completed semistructured interviews. Participants described the religiosity-health connection in their own words and talked about whether and how their religious beliefs and practices affect their health. The authors derived an open coding scheme from the data using an inductive process. Themes that emerged spontaneously and consistently included but were not limited to spiritual health, mental health's effects on physical health, importance of the church family, giving problems up to God, and the body as a temple of God. These religion-health themes might hold promise for integration into church-based health promotion interventions for this population.

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