Much of my work fits into three areas:
health and mental health over the life-course, childhood trauma and health, and religion and health.
My health and life-course research assesses health trajectories over the life-span, including outcomes related to mental health (depression, generalized anxiety, panic disorder), physical health (chronic illness, subjective health, body image perceptions, and BMI), and also health-relevant copying strategies (externalized versus internalized).
This ties closely to my research on childhood trauma and health, which considers the role of emotional and physical abuse in early life on three dimensions of adult functioning: physical, psychological, and interpersonal. To assess interpersonal functioning, I measure positive relationships as reported by victims of trauma when compared to non-victims. These three adult functioning outcomes together comprise the chapters of my dissertation.
Lastly, my research on religion and health examines the role of various religious predictors (salience, religiosity, attendance, private practices, and relationships with the divine) on a range of health outcomes such as subjective health and mental health, health-relevant behaviors, ADL and IADL among the elderly, body image perceptions, and body mass index. I also consider religious dimensions as possible mediators in the relationship between trauma and health outcomes in adulthood.
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