People are able to frame the way they uncover who they will be in this world, how they will understand things to be, and how those beliefs contribute to their well-being and participation in the world around them. (Marks, 2015). As it will be examined, religion and culture is a group that is still being understood up until now. In an ever-changing world, scholars are still uncovering important cultures and sub-groups to better comprehend society as a whole.
Both religion and culture play a role in shaping the lives of people. While the foundations of each country stem from religious beliefs and customs, a researcher revealed that aging persons are open to religious topics and afterlife discussions. (Manuti.A. 2016). This very well may become a sub-group of religion and culture. Amelia Manuti, Rosa Scardigno, and Giuseppe Mininni gathered together to explore this specific culture as a whole in, “Me, Myself, and God: Religion as a psychocultural resource of meaning in later life. This select group then shares their truths with their community - offering a cycle of implantation. The phenomenon of why cultures move and shift themselves toward and away from religion and how that factor is played out in the world is yet to be fully explored.
Personal identity is developed over time. As maturity sets in motion, that development is combined with life experience - following “discursive practices.” (Manuti.A. 2016). The problem with the various culture groups not being represented in research studies surrounds the lack of knowledge we still yet face when thinking about all people groups. In considering religion and culture, one supposes how or why those that believe in a sacred source live their lives based on the perceptions and the instructions placed by their religious customs and practices.
“As for the aging experience, it should be highlighted that the main differences within this extended stage of life are related to sex, socioeconomic and cultural level, health—both physical and mental conditions—interpersonal relations, and so on. These factors cross each other and multiply the possible combinations of their effects. In addition, the number and the variety of experiences in social life make over-sixties individuals the most diversified persons” (Manuti, 2016) in each culture group.
Psychology and the aging person can be a complexed item to characterize or interpret since there are multiple persons of certain ages that are a part of the religion and culture group. Thus, identifying the problem in collecting data classified to either the separation of age and maturity within religion and culture can be a cause for concern. A study of both age within religion and culture and the psychology of how it contributes to other cultures overall can provide clarity on healthy and disruptive actions displayed by each people group. However, a continual study of the facts can provide more and more clarity as cultural norms expand and change over time. This is a never-ending study that will almost always provide clues and data to a topic our world may only hope to touch on in this ever fleeting topic - because of cultural change.
Marks, D. F., Murray, M., Evans, B., Estacio, E. V. (2015). Health psychology Theory, Research, and Practice (4th ed.). London: SAGE
Manuti, A., Scardigno, R., Mining, G. (2016) Me, myself, and God: Religion as a psychocultural resource of meaning in later life, Vol. 22(1) 3–34. DOI: 10.1177/1354067X14551294