Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1686526
 
 

References (27)



 
 

Citations (1)



 


 



Religion and Child Health


Barry R. Chiswick


University of Illinois at Chicago; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Donka Mirtcheva


College of New Jersey


IZA Discussion Paper No. 5215

Abstract:     
This paper examines the determinants of the health of children ages 6 to 19, as reported in the Child Development Supplements (CDS) to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). The primary focus is on the effect of religion on the reported overall health and psychological health of the child. Three measures of religion/religiosity of the child are employed: whether there is a religious affiliation (and what kind), the importance of religion, and the frequency of church attendance. Other variables the same, the analysis reveals that there appears to be a positive association between both measures of health and the three measures of religion/religiosity. Those children (self-report or primary caregiver report) who have identified a religious affiliation, who view religion as very important, compared to those who view it as unimportant, and who attend church at least weekly compared to those who do not or seldom attend have higher levels of overall health and psychological health. When the analysis of affiliation is done by denomination, the primary difference is between those who report a religious affiliation and those who do not.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 34

Keywords: health, religion, religiosity, children, adolescents

JEL Classification: I1, I18, I12, Z12

working papers series


Download This Paper

Date posted: October 4, 2010  

Suggested Citation

Chiswick, Barry R. and Mirtcheva, Donka, Religion and Child Health. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5215. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1686526

Contact Information

Barry R. Chiswick (Contact Author)
University of Illinois at Chicago ( email )
601 S. Morgan Street, Room 2103UH
Chicago, IL 60607-7121
United States
312-996-2683 (Phone)
312-996-3344 (Fax)
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Donka Mirtcheva
College of New Jersey ( email )
P.O. Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 435
Downloads: 48
References:  27
Citations:  1

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo2 in 0.296 seconds