Religious involvement and mortality: A meta-analytic review

Michael E. McCullough, William T. Hoyt, David B. Larson, Harold G. Koenig, Carl Thoresen

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A meta-analysis of data from 42 independent samples examining the association of a measure of religious involvement and all-cause mortality is reported. Religious involvement was significantly associated with lower mortality (odds ratio = 1.29; 95% confidence interval: 1.20-1.39), indicating that people high in religious involvement were more likely to be alive at follow-up than people lower in religious involvement. Although the strength of the religious involvement-mortality association varied as a function of several moderator variables, the association of religious involvement and mortality was robust and on the order of magnitude that has come to be expected for psychosocial factors. Conclusions did not appear to be due to publication bias.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-222
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Longevity
  • Meta-analysis
  • Mortality
  • Religion
  • Survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)


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