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Altruism and HealthPerspectives from Empirical Research$
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Stephen G. Post

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182910.001.0001

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Volunteerism, Religiousness, Spirituality, and the Health Outcomes of Older Adults

Volunteerism, Religiousness, Spirituality, and the Health Outcomes of Older Adults

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(p.394) 21 Volunteerism, Religiousness, Spirituality, and the Health Outcomes of Older Adults
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Altruism and Health
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Allen M. Omoto

Michèle M. Schlehofer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182910.003.0026

This chapter explores the interrelationships among volunteerism, religiousness, and health among older adults. It attempts to provide evidence for possible connections between religiousness, spirituality, and volunteerism, as well as for their association with health among older adults. Religiousness and spirituality were significantly correlated with an array of mental health indicators, most consistently life satisfaction and (freedom from) depression. These associations are consistent with other research that has demonstrated the positive effects of religiousness and spirituality on mental health. The study also finds evidence for the beneficial effects of volunteering on physical health.

Keywords:   volunteerism, religiousness, health, older adults, spirituality

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