Religious fatalism and its association with health behaviors and outcomes

Monica D. Franklin, David G. Schlundt, Linda H. McClellan, Tunu Kinebrew, Jylana Sheats, Rhonda Belue, Anne Brown, Dorlisa Smikes, Kushal Patel, Margaret Hargreaves

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Objectives: To examine the association between religious fatalism and health care utilization, health behaviors, and chronic illness. Methods: As part of Nashville's REACH 2010 project, residents (n=1273) participated in a random telephone survey that included health variables and the helpless inevitability subscale of the Religious Health Fatalism Questionnaire. Results: Religious health fatalism was higher among African Americans and older participants. Some hypotheses about the association between fatalism and health outcomes were confirmed. Conclusions: Religious fatalism is only partially predictive of health behaviors and outcomes and may be a response to chronic illness rather than a contributor to unhealthy behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-572
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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