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dc.contributor.authorSalmoirago Blotcher, Elena
dc.contributor.authorFitchett, George
dc.contributor.authorOckene, Judith K.
dc.contributor.authorSchnall, Eliezer
dc.contributor.authorCrawford, Sybil L.
dc.contributor.authorGranek, Iris
dc.contributor.authorManson, JoAnne
dc.contributor.authorOckene, Ira S.
dc.contributor.authorO'Sullivan, Mary Jo
dc.contributor.authorPowell, Linda
dc.contributor.authorRapp, Stephen
dc.date2022-08-11T08:08:54.000
dc.date.accessioned2022-08-23T16:11:16Z
dc.date.available2022-08-23T16:11:16Z
dc.date.issued2011-02-08
dc.date.submitted2011-02-11
dc.identifier.citationJ Behav Med. 2011 Oct;34(5):360-71. doi: 10.1007/s10865-011-9322-z. Epub 2011 Feb 8. The final publication is available at www.springerlink.com. <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10865-011-9322-z">Link to article on publisher's website</a>
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10865-011-9322-z
dc.identifier.pmid21301947
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14038/33126
dc.description.abstractWorship attendance has been associated with longer survival in prospective cohort studies. A possible explanation is that religious involvement may promote healthier lifestyle choices. Therefore, we examined whether attendance is associated with healthy behaviors, i.e. use of preventive medicine services, non-smoking, moderate drinking, exercising regularly, and with healthy dietary habits. The population included 71,689 post-menopausal women enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative observational study free of chronic diseases at baseline. Attendance and lifestyle behaviors information was collected at baseline using self-administered questionnaires. Healthy behaviors were modeled as a function of attendance using logistic regression. After adjustment for confounders, worship attendance (less than weekly, weekly, and more than weekly vs. never) was positively associated with use of preventive services [OR for mammograms: 1.34 (1.19, 1.51), 1.41 (1.26, 1.57), 1.33 (1.17, 1.52); breast self exams: 1.14 (1.02, 1.27), 1.33 (1.21, 1.48), 1.25 (1.1, 1.43); PAP smears: 1.22 (1.01, 1.47-weekly vs. none)]; non-smoking: [1.41 (1.35, 1.48), 1.76 (1.69, 1.84), 2.27 (2.15, 2.39)]; moderate drinking [1.35 (1.27, 1.45), 1.60 (1.52, 1.7), 2.19 (2.0, 2.4)]; and fiber intake [1.08 (1.03, 1.14), 1.16 (1.11, 1.22), 1.31 (1.23, 1.39), respectively], but not with regular exercise or with lower saturated fat and caloric intake. These findings suggest that worship attendance is associated with certain, but not all, healthy behaviors. Further research is needed to get a deeper understanding of the relationship between religious involvement and healthy lifestyle behaviors and of the inconsistent patterns in this association.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.relation<a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=21301947&dopt=Abstract">Link to article in PubMed</a>
dc.relation.urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10865-011-9322-z
dc.rightsThis is the authors' peer-reviewed accepted manuscript.
dc.subjectHealth Behavior; Life Style; Religion; Religion and Medicine; Postmenopause; Middle Aged; Female; Women's Health
dc.subjectMiddle-aged women
dc.subjectReligion
dc.subjectLifestyles
dc.subjectHealth
dc.subjectHealth behaviors
dc.subjectCommunity Health and Preventive Medicine
dc.subjectHealth Psychology
dc.subjectPreventive Medicine
dc.subjectPsychiatry and Psychology
dc.subjectReligion
dc.subjectWomen's Health
dc.titleReligion and Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors Among Postmenopausal Women: the Women's Health Initiative
dc.typeAccepted Manuscript
dc.source.journaltitleJournal of Behavioral Medicine
dc.source.volume34
dc.source.issue5
dc.identifier.legacyfulltexthttps://escholarship.umassmed.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2673&amp;context=gsbs_sp&amp;unstamped=1
dc.identifier.legacycoverpagehttps://escholarship.umassmed.edu/gsbs_sp/1668
dc.identifier.contextkey1778505
refterms.dateFOA2022-08-27T06:22:33Z
html.description.abstract<p>Worship attendance has been associated with longer survival in prospective cohort studies. A possible explanation is that religious involvement may promote healthier lifestyle choices. Therefore, we examined whether attendance is associated with healthy behaviors, i.e. use of preventive medicine services, non-smoking, moderate drinking, exercising regularly, and with healthy dietary habits. The population included 71,689 post-menopausal women enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative observational study free of chronic diseases at baseline. Attendance and lifestyle behaviors information was collected at baseline using self-administered questionnaires. Healthy behaviors were modeled as a function of attendance using logistic regression. After adjustment for confounders, worship attendance (less than weekly, weekly, and more than weekly vs. never) was positively associated with use of preventive services [OR for mammograms: 1.34 (1.19, 1.51), 1.41 (1.26, 1.57), 1.33 (1.17, 1.52); breast self exams: 1.14 (1.02, 1.27), 1.33 (1.21, 1.48), 1.25 (1.1, 1.43); PAP smears: 1.22 (1.01, 1.47-weekly vs. none)]; non-smoking: [1.41 (1.35, 1.48), 1.76 (1.69, 1.84), 2.27 (2.15, 2.39)]; moderate drinking [1.35 (1.27, 1.45), 1.60 (1.52, 1.7), 2.19 (2.0, 2.4)]; and fiber intake [1.08 (1.03, 1.14), 1.16 (1.11, 1.22), 1.31 (1.23, 1.39), respectively], but not with regular exercise or with lower saturated fat and caloric intake. These findings suggest that worship attendance is associated with certain, but not all, healthy behaviors. Further research is needed to get a deeper understanding of the relationship between religious involvement and healthy lifestyle behaviors and of the inconsistent patterns in this association.</p>
dc.identifier.submissionpathgsbs_sp/1668
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
dc.source.pages360-71
dc.contributor.studentElena Salmoirago Blotcher


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