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dc.contributor.authorBolger, Daniel
Tinsley, Cleve IV
Ecklund, Elaine Howard
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-31T18:20:49Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-31T18:20:49Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Bolger, Daniel, Tinsley, Cleve IV and Ecklund, Elaine Howard. "Heaven and Health: How Black, Latino, and Korean Christians View the Relationship Between Faith and Health." Review of Religious Research, 60, no. 3 (2018) Springer: 389-402. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13644-017-0321-6.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/103256
dc.description.abstract Religious congregations have increasingly been viewed as potential access points to health care in underserved communities. Such a perspective stems from a robust literature identifying the unique civic role that churches potentially play in African American and Latino communities. Yet, research on congregational health promotion has often not considered how congregants view the connections between religious faith, physical health, and the church community. In order to further interrogate how congregants view the church’s role in health promotion, we compare views on the relationship between faith and health for two groups that are overrepresented in American Christianity and underrepresented in medical careers (African Americans and Latinos) with a group that is similarly religious but comparatively well-represented in medical professions (Korean Americans). Drawing on data from focus groups with 19 pastors representing 18 different congregations and 28 interviews with church members, we find that churches across all three groups promote initiatives to care for the physical health of their members. Nonetheless, notable differences exist in how each group frames the interface between religious faith and physical health. African Americans and Latinos highlighted the role of faith in providing physical healing while Korean Americans saw the support of the religious community as the main benefit of their faith. Distrust of medicine was primarily articulated by members of African American churches. The results offer important implications for the future potential and nature of health initiatives in racial minority communities.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
dc.rights This is an author's peer-reviewed final manuscript, as accepted by the publisher. The published article is copyrighted by Springer.
dc.title Heaven and Health: How Black, Latino, and Korean Christians View the Relationship Between Faith and Health
dc.type Journal article
dc.citation.journalTitle Review of Religious Research
dc.citation.volumeNumber 60
dc.citation.issueNumber 3
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1007/s13644-017-0321-6
dc.type.publication post-print
dc.citation.firstpage 389
dc.citation.lastpage 402


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