Title

Religious Beliefs, Faith Community Involvement and Depression: A Study of Rural, Low-Income Mothers

Keywords

faith community involvement, low-income, maternal depression, religious beliefs

Abstract

The current study investigated the connection between religion and mental health of 131 rural, low-income mothers. Two dimensions of religion, beliefs and faith community involvement, were included and depression was assessed by the CES-D. The sample consisted of mothers who participated in Wave 2 of a multi-state research project. As hypothesized, both religious beliefs and faith community involvement were negatively related to depressive symptoms indicating that mothers with stronger religious beliefs and more involvement in religious activities may experience less depressive symptoms. The results of the current study confirm previous work and support a multifaceted view of religion.

Original Publication Citation

Garrison, M. E. B., Marks, L. D., Lawrence, F. C., & Braun, B. (2004). Religious beliefs, faith community involvement, and depression: A study of rural, low-income mothers. Women & Health, 40, 51-62.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2008-10-17

Publisher

Women & Health

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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