Role of Religiosity in the Lives of the Low-Income Population: A Comprehensive Review of the Evidence. Data, Methods, and Measures


Several authors describe the limitations of the early phase of literature in this area of research and the recent evolution to more sophisticated data collection and research designs of new studies, including experimental research designs. Waite and Lehrer (2003, p. 256) note that many of the early studies in this literature [religion and health] suffer from methodological shortcomings, including small, unrepresentative samples, lack of adequate statistical controls and a cross-sectional design that confounds causality.

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