Currently, Puerto Rico is going through a demographic transition, which causes the aging population to increase. This is due to the reduction in birth rates, high migration rates, mortality rates; which have different social implications. Religion serves as a tool to deal with the challenges that older adults face. However, in Puerto Rico, it has not been considered a variable in demographic research. Hence, there is a need to provide information on the sociodemographic characteristics of people aged 60 and older by a religious group, of their religious characteristics, their support networks and, their health status; since these variables influence the life of the elderly. A descriptive study was used, working with the database "Puerto Rico Elderly: Health Conditions, 2002–2003" (PREHCO). The results and discussion of this work will provide readers with a better framework to study the influence of religion on these individuals.
|Advisor:||Dávila, Ana Luisa|
|School:||University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences (Puerto Rico)|
|School Location:||United States -- Puerto Rico|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Sociology, Demography|
|Keywords:||Demography, Elderly, Health, Puerto Rico, Religion, Religious demography|
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