Role of Religiosity in the Lives of the Low-Income Population: A Comprehensive Review of the Evidence. Potential Pathways Affecting Health

07/10/2009

There is a range of views about how much religion and spirituality affect health outcomes, and whether and when the effects are positive or negative (Miller & Thoresen, 2003; Pargament, 2008). As discussed in Section 1, there are several potential pathways by which religion can affect health outcomes through individual religious beliefs and practices or through participation in religious institutions.

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