Religiosity After a Diagnosis of Cancer Among Older Adults

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  • © 2014, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This analysis examined changes in religiosity using the Duke Religiosity Scale among community-dwelling cancer survivors. Participants age 65+ were interviewed at baseline and four years later. In comparison to persons without a cancer diagnosis (N = 485) and participants with a baseline diagnosis (N = 94), newly diagnosed participants (N = 45) were more likely to decrease church attendance. Although not statistically significant, a larger proportion of recently diagnosed persons increased non-organizational religiosity behaviors and intrinsic religiosity. Baseline religiosity was the strongest predictor of religiosity at 48 months, indicating stability in religiosity over time, even in the context of a cancer diagnosis.
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    Author List

  • Caplan L; Sawyer P; Holt C; Brown CJ
  • Start Page

  • 357
  • End Page

  • 369
  • Volume

  • 26
  • Issue

  • 4