God-mediated control beliefs and the Epstein-Barr virus: Is more God-mediated control always better?

Neal Krause, Gail Ironson

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Abstract

Research on the locus of control construct conveys the impression that more control is always better. However, some studies suggest that very high levels of control are associated with negative outcomes. The purpose of this study was to see if this is true of religiously oriented feelings of control (i.e., God-mediated control). The outcome was antibody titers to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). The findings suggest that very high God-mediated control is associated with higher EBV values. However, this finding was only observed among young adults (age 18–40), but not among middle-aged (age 41–64), or older adults (aged 65 and older).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-316
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2017

Keywords

  • Age differences
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • God-mediated control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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