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Does Religious Activity Distinguish the Mortality Experiences of Older Taiwanese? An Analysis Using Eighteen Years of Follow-Up Data

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Carol Jagger


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© 2019, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. This paper extends investigation of religiosity and longevity to Taiwan using a 1989 survey: N = 3849, aged 60+, with 18 years of follow-up. Religious activity is measured as worship and performance of rituals. A Gompertz regression, adjusted and non-adjusted for covariates and mediating factors, shows the hazard of dying is lower for the religiously active versus the non-active. Transformed into life table functions, a 60-year-old religiously active Taiwanese female lives more than 1 year longer than her non-religious counterpart, ceteris paribus. Mainland Chinese migrants are examined carefully because of unique religious and health characteristics. They live longer, but the religiosity gap is similar.

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Author(s): Zimmer Z, Chiu C-T, Saito Y, Lin Y-H, Ofstedal MB, Jagger C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Religion and Health

Year: 2019

Volume: 59

Pages: 289–308

Online publication date: 18/02/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 0022-4197

ISSN (electronic): 1573-6571

Publisher: Springer New York LLC


DOI: 10.1007/s10943-019-00778-x


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