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A study of religious attitudes of the elderly
Author(s)W S Reid, Anne J J Gilmore, G R Andrews
Journal titleAge and Ageing, vol 7, no 1, February 1978
Pagespp 40-45
KeywordsSpiritual characteristics [elderly] ; Social surveys ; Scotland.
AnnotationA study is reported of religious beliefs, attitudes and practice of some 500 over 65s in the West of Scotland, randomly selected from those living at home. Almost all had had a full range of religious instruction, and regarded their parents as religious. Weekly church attendances were commoner among Catholics (70%) than Protestants (40%), among women than men, among those whose beliefs were those of organised religion, and among those with unrestricted mobility. The pattern of participation in church organisations and social activities was similar. A firm belief in an after-life was expressed by 80% of Catholics and 60% of Protestants, and a higher proportion derived comfort from religion, especially in bereavement. Over 70% expressed no fear of their own death. In this population, religious beliefs and attitudes remained important considerations, which should therefore be of concern to all involved in the care of older people. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930819111 A
ClassmarkEX: 3F: 9A

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