Identifier

etd-10232011-234737

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Sociology

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

A significant body of literature has focused on the effects of religion on health and marriage on health, as well as on religion and marriage. However, there is limited research on the effects of religion and marriage on self-reported health. Using the first and only wave of the Panel Study of American Religion and Ethnicity, ordinary least square regression models are compared to investigate the causal effects of religion and marriage on self-reported health. In the analysis, it is found that religion and marriage, as forms of social support, individually have significant affects on self-reported health as the literature indicates it should. Yet religion and marriage have no significant effect on one another; there is no causal effect found between religion and marriage. From this analysis, it is suggested that religion and marriage should be discussed in the context of social support that has a positive relationship on health.

Date

2011

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Blanchard, Troy

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Sociology Commons

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