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A linguistic investigation of mediators between religious commitment and health behaviors in older adolescents.
Issues Compr Pediatr Nurs. 2007 Jul-Sep; 30(3):71-86.IC

Abstract

Social scientists are beginning to take an interest in the role that religiosity plays in the development of health behaviors throughout adolescence. Although there is mounting evidence of a relationship between these constructs, how and why such relationships exist is not well understood. In this exploratory study of 28 racially diverse university students, we examined whether the relationship between religious commitment and health behaviors could be detected through written language. The results indicated that religious commitment and various indices of healthy lifestyle practices were strongly correlated, that healthy lifestyle practices were related to use of causal words (representing cognitive attempts at understanding causes and effects) and first person plural words (representing social connectedness). The results were consistent with a model in which participants' use of causal words partially or fully mediated the relations between religious commitment and healthy lifestyle practices. Implications of findings and directions for future research are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA. ellerew@mail.utexas.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17885827

Citation

Rew, Lynn, et al. "A Linguistic Investigation of Mediators Between Religious Commitment and Health Behaviors in Older Adolescents." Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, vol. 30, no. 3, 2007, pp. 71-86.
Rew L, Wong YJ, Torres R, et al. A linguistic investigation of mediators between religious commitment and health behaviors in older adolescents. Issues Compr Pediatr Nurs. 2007;30(3):71-86.
Rew, L., Wong, Y. J., Torres, R., & Howell, E. (2007). A linguistic investigation of mediators between religious commitment and health behaviors in older adolescents. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 30(3), 71-86.
Rew L, et al. A Linguistic Investigation of Mediators Between Religious Commitment and Health Behaviors in Older Adolescents. Issues Compr Pediatr Nurs. 2007 Jul-Sep;30(3):71-86. PubMed PMID: 17885827.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A linguistic investigation of mediators between religious commitment and health behaviors in older adolescents. AU - Rew,Lynn, AU - Wong,Y Joel, AU - Torres,Rosamar, AU - Howell,Elizabeth, PY - 2007/9/22/pubmed PY - 2007/12/6/medline PY - 2007/9/22/entrez SP - 71 EP - 86 JF - Issues in comprehensive pediatric nursing JO - Issues Compr Pediatr Nurs VL - 30 IS - 3 N2 - Social scientists are beginning to take an interest in the role that religiosity plays in the development of health behaviors throughout adolescence. Although there is mounting evidence of a relationship between these constructs, how and why such relationships exist is not well understood. In this exploratory study of 28 racially diverse university students, we examined whether the relationship between religious commitment and health behaviors could be detected through written language. The results indicated that religious commitment and various indices of healthy lifestyle practices were strongly correlated, that healthy lifestyle practices were related to use of causal words (representing cognitive attempts at understanding causes and effects) and first person plural words (representing social connectedness). The results were consistent with a model in which participants' use of causal words partially or fully mediated the relations between religious commitment and healthy lifestyle practices. Implications of findings and directions for future research are discussed. SN - 0146-0862 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17885827/A_linguistic_investigation_of_mediators_between_religious_commitment_and_health_behaviors_in_older_adolescents_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01460860701525147 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -