Title

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

Keywords

quality of life, Louisiana Health Aging Study, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, natural disaster, mental health

Abstract

We examined health-related quality of life in adults in the Louisiana Health Aging Study (LHAS) after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (HK/R) that made landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast region in 2005. Analyses of pre- and post-disaster SF-36 scores yielded changes in physical function and bodily pain. Mental health scores were lower for women than men. Gender differences were observed in religious beliefs and religious coping, favoring 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.

Original Publication Citation

*Brown, J. S., Cherry, K. E., Marks, L. D., Volaufova, J., Lefante, C., & Jazwinski, S. M. (2010). After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Gender differences in physical function and psychological well-being in middle-aged and older adults. Health Care for Women International, 31, 997-1012.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2010-10-04

Publisher

Health Care for Women International

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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