After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Gender Differences in Health and Religiosity in Middle-Aged and Older Adult.

Author:

Brown , J.S.Cherry , K. E. Marks , L. D. Jackson, E. M. Volaufova , J. Lefante, C & Jazwinski, S.M.

Editor:

Date:

2010

Region:

North America

Theme:

Gender, Health and Wellbeing

Language:

English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Brown , J.S.Cherry , K. E. Marks , L. D. Jackson, E. M. Volaufova , J. Lefante, C & Jazwinski, S.M. (2010). After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Gender Differences in Health and Religiosity in Middle-Aged and Older Adult. Health Care for Women International, Vol 31. pp. 997–1012.

This article examines the health-related quality of life in adults in the Louisiana Healthy Aging Study (LHAS) after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The findings determined that mental health scores were lower for women than men. Gender differences were observed in religious beliefs and religious coping, favouring women. Religious beliefs and religious coping were negatively correlated with physical function, implying that stronger reliance on religiosity as a coping mechanism may be more likely among those who are less physically capable.