The Inverse U-Shaped Religion–Health Connection Among Israeli Jews

Shuli Brammli-Greenberg, Jacob Glazer, Ephraim Shapiro*

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A growing body of evidence indicates an association between religion and health. However, few have studied the connection between the extent of an individual’s religiosity and his health. Analysis of the 2004 Israel National Health Survey was performed. Religiosity was self-identified using five continuous categories, distinctive to Israeli Jews. Bivariate and multivariate analyses examined the relationship between the extent of Religious commitment and several health outcomes. The relationship took the shape of an inverse U function: Israeli Jews in the middle religiously have the worst physical and mental health status on both unadjusted and adjusted bases. Israeli Jews exhibit a non-trivial connection between religiosity and health whereby the most Secular and the most Religious individuals seem to be healthier than individuals in between.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)738-750
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Israel
  • Jew
  • Mental health
  • Physical health
  • Religion


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