Jerry W. Lee, Kelly R. Morton, James Walters, Denise L. Bellinger, Terry L. Butler, Colwick Wilson, Eric Walsh, Christopher G. Ellison, Monica M. McKenzie, Gary E. Fraser. The Biopsychosocial Religion and Health Study (BRHS): Overview and Methods. Society for the Scientific Study of religion 2008 Annual Meeting Louisville, KY ( 10/2008 )
BRHS is a sub-study of the 95,000 person Adventist Health Study-2 (AHS-2). 11,506 of these Adventists (34% Black, 60% White) returned 20-page questionnaires based on a 5-stage model. Assessed were: Cumulative Risk (e.g., Lifetime traumatic events, stress from early and adult relationships; 18 multi-item scales), Religion (e.g., religious support, prayer, religious coping; 31 scales), potential mediating variables, (e.g., lifestyle, social support, emotions; 22 scales), and outcomes (e.g., mental and physical health, life satisfaction; 7 scales). A 524 person subgroup also provided blood, urine, saliva, and fat samples to assess allostatic load; and had memory, physical performance and biometrics assessed. Three years after this sample, all participants will again be assessed. Nutrition, mortality and hospitalization data from AHS-2 will also be available. Adventist Blacks and Whites are above national norms and for mental health the gap was largest in the oldest group. Comparisons with the general social survey have been made.