Altruistic Social Interest Behaviors Are Associated With Better Mental Health

@article{Schwartz2003AltruisticSI,
  title={Altruistic Social Interest Behaviors Are Associated With Better Mental Health},
  author={C. Schwartz and J. B. Meisenhelder and Y. Ma and G. Reed},
  journal={Psychosomatic Medicine},
  year={2003},
  volume={65},
  pages={778-785}
}
  • C. Schwartz, J. B. Meisenhelder, +1 author G. Reed
  • Published 2003
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Objective This study investigated whether altruistic social interest behaviors such as engaging in helping others were associated with better physical and mental health in a stratified random sample of 2016 members of the Presbyterian Church throughout the United States. Methods Mailed questionnaires evaluated giving and receiving help, prayer activities, positive and negative religious coping, and self-reported physical and mental health. Results Multivariate regression analysis revealed no… CONTINUE READING
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