Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion

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Phillips III, R. E., Cheng, C. M., Pargament, K. I.,

Oemig, C., Colvin, S. D., Abarr, A. N.,

Dunn, M. W., & Reed, A. S. (2009).

Spiritual coping in American Buddhists: An exploratory study

Vol. 19, 231-243

A plethora of research has explored religious coping. The majority of this research focuses on Western culture and religions. These researchers sought to extend the current research by exploring Buddhist coping, including examining both the methods used to cope with stress and any difficulties in the coping process.

Participants were recruited through web postings and fliers distributed at Buddhist sanghas. The sample (N = 24) was interviewed via phone by one of five researchers. The participants ranged in age from 19 to 77 (M = 48.9, SD = 16.5). Fourteen participants were female and most were European-American. All had practiced Buddhism for at least 5 years (M = 15.5 years); most had converted to Buddhism in their adulthood.

The interviews were thematically analyzed by at least two reviewers (interrater reliability = 75%) using grounded theory. …

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