The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

1001.0: Saturday, November 9, 2002 - 12:15 PM

Abstract #52191

Lifetime Spiritual History: Measuring the past

Judith Hays, PhD, Center for the Study of Relition and Health, Duke University Medical Center, Box 3003 DUMC, Durham, NC 27710, 919-660-7556,

This presentation will describe the limitations of existing research on trajectories of religion and spirituality over the life course. It will use examples from the narrative histories of Catholic, Protestant and Jewish elders who grew up in the Midwest and Eastern seaboard of the US, South America, and Nazi-occupied France to present a new survey instrument, the Spiritual History Scale in 4 Dimentions(SHS-4). It will present epidemiologic evidence that cumulative lifetime spiritual history affects mental and physical health and social support into the 7th, 8th, and 9th decades of life.

Learning Objectives:

  • See global learning objectives for entire CEI. Scheduled for 11

    Presenting author's disclosure statement:
    I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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