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Title: The effects of religion on subjective aging in Singapore: An interreligious comparison
Authors: Jianbin, X.
Mehta, K.K. 
Keywords: Aging
Buddhism and Christianity
Issue Date: 2003
Citation: Jianbin, X., Mehta, K.K. (2003). The effects of religion on subjective aging in Singapore: An interreligious comparison. Journal of Aging Studies 17 (4) : 485-502. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This interreligious comparison deals with Buddhist and Christian Chinese elderly Singaporeans. Based on the data gathered from in-depth interviews with five Buddhists and five Christians, this article explores how religion plays a role in the adjustment to the physical, social, and existential aging processes. It investigates the similarities and differences between Buddhist and Christian beliefs in terms of their effects on the subjective experience of aging. Findings indicate that religion can play an integrative role that facilitates adjustment to the aging process. Also, they suggest that though there are fundamental, irreducible differences in terms of religious beliefs and practices between Buddhism and Christianity, there are far less differences in the ways they impact on the integrative aging process. Some negative effects of religion on aging and some viewpoints about successful aging are presented in the discussion. © 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Aging Studies
ISSN: 08904065
DOI: 10.1016/S0890-4065(03)00065-3
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