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The Correlation between Religious Participation and Mental Health

Abstract
This paper explores an article on results from research on how religious participation and DSM-IV Disorders among Older African Americans are related, if any relation. These findings come from the National Survey of American Life (NSAL). DSM-IV is the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition. The manual is published by the American Psychiatric Association and covers all mental health disorders for both children and adults. The research that will be explained in this paper was collected from 837 African Americans which were all of the age 55 and over. The DMS-IV mental disorders examined included panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress, major depressive disorder, dythymia, bipolar I and II disorders, alcohol abuse/dependence and drug abuse/dependence. The research discussed is the first study ever done in order to investigate the relationship between religious participation and serious mental disorders particularly in older African Americans.

Keywords: Church Attendance, Depression, Mood Disorder

The Correlation between Religious Participation and Mental Health
“Over the last several years, increasing attention has been devoted to examining religious correlates of mental health among various groups of the population” (Geriatr). The sample used in this research consisted of 837 African Americans over the age of 55 which came from households in the 48 coterminous states of the US. The interviews were face to face and were taken in the participant’s home. The participants had to have at least one African American person within the home that was 18 or over and did not have any Caribbean relation in the family. There turned out to be a wonderful response rate of 72.3% due to the fact that it is usually very difficult to gather data and have...