Religion, Kinship and Health Behaviors of African American Women

Kathryn Coe, Colleen Keller, Jenelle R. Walker

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    A positive relationship exists between functional health and religion. We present an empirical definition of religion and describe the key elements of religious behavior, building a model that can be used to explore the presumed relationship between religion and health. Semi-structured interactive interviews were conducted with 22 participants over a 6-month period. Head Start programs and churches located in the inner city of a large metropolitan area. Twenty-two African American women were aged from 21 to 45. We focus on social relationships and propose that prophet-created religions mimic kinship relationships and encourage kinship-like cooperation between members.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)46-60
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Religion and Health
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 2013


    • Obesity/overweight
    • Relationships/research
    • Religion/spirituality

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Religious studies
    • Medicine(all)
    • Nursing(all)

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