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The role of pastor support in a faith-based health promotion intervention.

Authors
  • Baruth, Meghan
  • Wilcox, Sara
  • Saunders, Ruth P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Family & Community Health
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2013
Volume
36
Issue
3
Pages
204–214
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e31828e6733
PMID: 23718956
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Pastor support has been viewed as an integral part of successful faith-based health promotion programs; however, few studies have systematically studied these relationships. This study examined associations between pastor support and program-related variables among African American churches taking part in a physical activity and dietary intervention. Results showed that some pastor support-related variables were associated with participant recruitment, retention, and implementation of study requirements but not to changes in health behavior outcomes. Much work remains in how to conceptualize and measure pastor support. A better understanding of the pastor's role may assist in developing more effective faith-based programs.

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