Church attendance, religious affiliation and parental responses to sudden infant death, neonatal death and stillbirth

Thearle, M. J., Vance, J. C., Najman, Jake M., Embelton, G. and Foster, W. J.. (1995) Church attendance, religious affiliation and parental responses to sudden infant death, neonatal death and stillbirth. Omega, Journal of Death and Dying, 31 1: 51-58. doi:10.2190/BAXY-48AU-PETW-4MQ3


Author Thearle, M. J.
Vance, J. C.
Najman, Jake M.
Embelton, G.
Foster, W. J..
Title Church attendance, religious affiliation and parental responses to sudden infant death, neonatal death and stillbirth
Journal name Omega, Journal of Death and Dying   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0030-2228
1541-3764
Publication date 1995
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2190/BAXY-48AU-PETW-4MQ3
Volume 31
Issue 1
Start page 51
End page 58
Total pages 8
Place of publication New York
Publisher Baywood Publishing Co Inc.
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
Abstract There is an association between religion and health: those who are religious have healthier life-styles resulting in less physical illness and improved longevity. Some evidence shows that there may be a beneficial association between religion and psychological well-being. With bereavement, some may "turn to God" while others "turn away from God"; this occurrence may be reflected in their church attendance. In a prospective study, families who had experienced death from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Neonatal Death, or Stillbirth were compared for anxiety, depression, and church attendance with control families who had not experienced such bereavement. A traditionally held belief that religion offers consolation for the grief of bereavement and that the bereaved "turn to God" as reflected in church attendance was not confirmed. There is the suggestion that the bereaved who attend church regularly have less anxiety and depression compared with the irregular or non-church attenders.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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