• [M] Christian fundamentalism and early child mortality

    From RS Wood@21:1/5 to All on Fri Jun 22 04:59:36 2018
    XPost: misc.news.internet.discuss

    From the «but, causality or correlation?» department:
    Title: Infant Mortality Rates Higher in Areas with More Christian Fundamentalists
    Author: janrinok
    Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:25:00 -0400
    Link: https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/06/19/0635212&from=rss

    An Anonymous Coward writes:

    Researchers report in areas with greater numbers of Christian
    fundamentalists, infant mortality rates are higher than in areas with more mainstream Christians. The study reveals external factors such as lack of social support, birth defects, poverty and lack of insurance, in addition to religious conviction, are the main reasons for the increased mortality rates.

    The odds of an infant dying before their first birthday are higher in
    counties with greater proportions of conservative Protestants, especially fundamentalists, than in counties with more mainline Protestants and
    Catholics, according to a new Portland State University study The study, published online in May in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, supports the idea that the more insular, anti-institutional culture of fundamentalists can lead to poorer health outcomes.

    Ginny Garcia-Alexander, a sociology professor in PSU's College of Liberal
    Arts and Sciences and the study's lead author, examined the influence of religion on postneonatal infant mortality rates, or the number of deaths from four weeks through the first year, using data from 1990 through 2010. Garcia-Alexander said a leading cause of infant death in the first 28 days is birth defects, which can be heavily influenced by advances in medical
    knowledge and technology. By contrast, deaths in the next 11 months of life
    are more often linked to external factors such as poverty, lack of insurance, social support networks and religion.

    Garcia-Alexander said the findings mirror trends seen in adult mortality
    rates, where areas with more mainline Protestants and Catholics had better health outcomes than areas with more conservative Protestants.

    The study's findings build on previous research that says that Catholicism
    and mainline Protestantism are civically minded, externally oriented faiths that emphasize community-level care. For example, church-affiliated hospitals and social-service providers such as Catholic Charities can bolster the
    health infrastructure of local communities.

    Source: https://neurosciencenews.com/infant-mortality-fundamentalism-9165/[1] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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  • From Marko Rauhamaa@21:1/5 to All on Fri Jun 22 10:46:25 2018
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    the more insular, anti-institutional culture of fundamentalists can
    lead to poorer health outcomes.

    I don't think there's any dispute about that. The difference of opinion
    is about the "so what?"

    True right-wing conservatives think individual (and statistical)
    disasters are part of life's natural order. Life is between you and God.
    "And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I
    return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be
    the name of the Lord."

    Decades back a (secular Shiite Persian) co-worker and (secular
    mainstream Protestant Finnish) I went to see a documentary movie that
    described the Dutch society. The movie displayed the numerous happy
    outcomes of a more "socialistic" system.

    On the way out of the (Santa Monica, CA) movie theater my co-worker
    wasn't convinced. He said, "The Dutch system sure produces a happy
    society, but is it right?"


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  • From JAB@21:1/5 to All on Fri Jun 22 08:28:17 2018
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    On Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:46:25 +0300, Marko Rauhamaa <marko@pacujo.net>

    "The Dutch system sure produces a happy
    society, but is it right?"

    Only if it has a Ministry of Silly Walks


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