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Spiritual and physical health habits in middle -aged religious women


2005 2005

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The problem of the study was to determine the nature of and associations between spiritual and religious experiences and habits, and the dietary and exercise behaviors of middle-aged religious women. The subjects of the study were 492 middle-aged (45–65 year old) female members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in randomly selected congregations throughout the state of Utah during 2004. All subjects completed a 66 question survey instrument, the Spiritual and Physical Health Questionnaire (SPHQ), designed to collect data on demographics, dietary and exercise behaviors, daily spiritual experiences, and religious and prayer practices. Data were collected from July through October 2004, and were analyzed using SPSS version 13 commands for descriptive data, T-tests, Pearson and canonical correlations, and factor analysis. Findings suggest that spiritual health is defined by at least three separate constructs of spirituality, religiosity, and prayer, and that increased levels of these constructs correlate with greater awareness of dietary habits and increased frequency and duration of light/moderate physical activity. Prayer correlated with spirituality, religiosity, and physical health habits. Women with high levels of both spirituality and religiosity are more likely to have higher levels of dietary awareness and physical activity as compared with women with low levels of both, or high level on one construct and low on the other. Several demographic variables correlated with spiritual and physical health habits. Researchers and health educators can utilize the knowledge gained from this study to improve understanding of the spiritual health dimension, including the definition, constructs, and potential uses of spiritual health in relation to dietary and exercise habits.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Religion;
Health education;
Womens studies;
Middle age;
Spirituality;
Studies;
Health behavior
Classification
0318: Religion
0680: Health education
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; Education; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Health habits; Middle-aged; Religious; Women
Title
Spiritual and physical health habits in middle -aged religious women
Author
Nichols, Rebecca Naegle
Number of pages
216
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0093
Source
DAI-A 66/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542066078, 0542066076
Advisor
Engs, Ruth C.
University/institution
Indiana University
University location
United States -- Indiana
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3167796
ProQuest document ID
304985872
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304985872
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