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Self-rated health and mortality: a review of twenty-seven community studies.
We examine the growing number of studies of survey respondents' global self-ratings of health as predictors of mortality in longitudinal studies of representative community samples. Twenty-sevenExpand
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Measuring Multiple Dimensions of Religion and Spirituality for Health Research
Progress in studying the relationship between religion and health has been hampered by the absence of an adequate measure of religiousness and spirituality. This article reports on the conceptual andExpand
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Religious Involvement and the Health of the Elderly: Some Hypotheses and an Initial Test
The study examines patterns of religious involvement, health status, functional disability, and depression among noninstitutionalized elderly residents of New Haven, Connecticut, in 1982. ControllingExpand
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Age differences in self-assessments of health: age changes, cohort differences, or survivorship?
  • E. Idler
  • Medicine
  • Journal of gerontology
  • 1 November 1993
Do older people tend to exaggerate their health problems? Or do they downplay them? Do such tendencies change as people age? Are they a function of cohort membership? Or are differences in healthExpand
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Religion among disabled and nondisabled persons I: cross-sectional patterns in health practices, social activities, and well-being.
  • E. Idler, S. Kasl
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The journals of gerontology. Series B…
  • 1 November 1997
What is the relationship between religious involvement and functional disability among elderly people? Is being disabled different for those who frequently attend religious services? Does religiousExpand
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Religion among disabled and nondisabled persons II: attendance at religious services as a predictor of the course of disability.
  • E. Idler, S. Kasl
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The journals of gerontology. Series B…
  • 1 November 1997
Does religious involvement influence changes in physical health? We perform a longitudinal analysis of the effect of religious participation on functioning over a 12-year follow-up period, in aExpand
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Psychosocial factors in outcomes of heart surgery: the impact of religious involvement and depressive symptoms.
This article reports a prospective study of religiousness and recovery from heart surgery. Religiousness and other psychosocial factors were assessed in 142 patients about a week prior to surgery.Expand
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Health perceptions and survival: do global evaluations of health status really predict mortality?
Self-evaluations of health status have been shown to predict mortality, above and beyond the contribution to prediction made by indices based on the presence of health problems, physical disability,Expand
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Self-ratings of health: do they also predict change in functional ability?
  • E. Idler, S. Kasl
  • Medicine
  • The journals of gerontology. Series B…
  • 1 November 1995
Self-ratings of health by individuals responding to surveys have shown themselves to be potent predictors of mortality in a growing number of studies; they appear to contribute significant additionalExpand
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Positive affect and function as influences on self-assessments of health: expanding our view beyond illness and disability.
Longitudinal data from 851 elderly residents of a retirement community (mean age = 73 years) were used to examine the correlates of self-assessments of health (SAH) and the predictors of changes inExpand
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