Religion as an Epistemic Environment Influence on Health and Well-being


This study uses structural behavior theory analysis to map prospective health norms in the context of organized religion. Specifically, it charts the likely church institutional knowledge processes on the ways faith community members construct guides to their behaviors for health and well-being.


Professor Elias Mpofu

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Health Systems and Global Populations Research Group

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The proposition is made that in their beliefs and actions for health and well-being, faith community members are influenced by their collective historical experience interpreted in the context of current and prospective health needs. Preliminary findings suggest that faith community members may adopt negotiated health norms from resolving contradictions in messages for health and well-being within their practiced religion, and in the context of competing secular knowledge environment system influences. Further research is focused on designing and trialing public health message for use with faith communities for health and wellbeing. Church supported knowledge values influence the health norms of the membership, which in turn influence their health-related activity and actions.

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religion, health, Well-being

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1722

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