Neighborhood conditions, religious coping, and uncontrolled hypertension

Neal Krause, Gail Ironson, Kenneth Pargament, Peter Hill

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Scopus citations


The purpose of this study is to see whether God-mediated control beliefs moderate the relationship between living in rundown neighborhoods and uncontrolled hypertension. God-mediated control refers to the belief that God will help people handle the stressors that arise in life. Data are provided by a nationwide survey of adults (N = 1919). Three ways of assessing uncontrolled hypertension are examined: a binary format contrasting people with and without uncontrolled hypertension, systolic and diastolic blood pressure scored continuously, and a four ordinal category scheme recommended by the American Heart Association. The data suggest that stronger God-mediated control beliefs moderate the relationship between neighborhood conditions and uncontrolled blood pressure when blood pressure is scored continuously and when the American Heart Association scheme are used as outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSocial Science Research
StateAccepted/In press - Dec 8 2015



  • Control
  • Coping
  • Hypertension
  • Neighborhood conditions
  • Religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this