Stress, Spirituality and Health Promoting Behaviors Among African American College Students.
Western Journal of Black Studies
Improving the health status of African Americans must fundamentally address the intricate relationship between health and culture. The present study examines the discriminative qualities of spirituality and religious salience as it relates to stress and health promoting behaviors among undergraduate students of African descent (N=229). Participants were recruited from a historical black university in the mid-Atlantic region during midterm week of the fall and spring semesters. Upon consent, participants completed a survey and received extra credit points at the discretion of the respective professor. The results support that spirituality and religious salience are significant factors to consider in addressing health outcomes. Accordingly, both cultural variables showed positive associations with health promoting behaviors. Implications are discussed in terms of advancing more culturally-sensitive approaches in the prevention-intervention of adverse health conditions among African Americans.
Bowen Reid, Terra L. and Smalls, Ciara, "Stress, Spirituality and Health Promoting Behaviors Among African American College Students." (2004). College of Liberal Arts. 120.