Religiousness and the trajectory of self-rated health across adulthood

Michael E. McCullough, Jean Philippe Laurenceau

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This study evaluates the association of religiousness with the growth parameters characterizing changes in self-rated health during adulthood (ages 20-94 years). Even after controlling for health behaviors, social support/social activity, and four of the Big Five, women who were highly religious in 1940 had higher mean self-rated health throughout their lifespan, slower rates of linear decline, and less pronounced cascades than did less religious women. For men, the associations of religiousness with the growth parameters underlying self-rated health were negligible. Results indicate that the association of religiousness with women's self-rated health may persist after controlling for mundane mediators and that the association of religiousness and self-rated health is not an artifact of the association between religiousness and the Big Five.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)560-573
Number of pages14
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005



  • Growth modeling
  • Health
  • Longitudinal
  • Personality
  • Religion
  • Terman

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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