Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Journal of Traumatic Stress

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Journal of Traumatic Stress

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Chan, C. S., Sc Rhodes, J. E.

Religious coping, posttraumatic stress, psychological distress, and posttraumatic growth among female survivors four years after Hurricane Katrina

Volume 26,257-265. (2013)

Those who are more religious have generally been shown to have more perceived social support and optimism. However, when a disaster hits, religious coping outcomes seem to be more dependent on a persons reappraisal of the event (e.g., "God must be punishing me for my sins") than their religious beliefs or lack there of. In other words, religious coping can be positive or negative, and it has been shown to be predictive of psychological distress or posttraumatic growth following a traumatic experience, such as a natural disaster. Given that a majority of individuals in Louisana are religious (78%), die authors investigated whether religious coping among victims of hurricane Katrina is a protective factor against longitudinal negative outcomes controlling for social support, optimism, and exposure to disaster related stressors. They hypothesized that religious coping would mediate the relationship between religiousness and outcomes.

Participants were part of a longtudinal study that consisted of three waves. Wave 1 was conducted in the months preceding Hurricane Katrina. Wave 2 was 1 year after Hurricane Katrina. Wave 3 was a 4-year follow-up survey with low-income mothers only. Since there were a small number of men, onlv women were used in this study. Measures of general psychological distress, posttraumatic stress, posttraumatic growth, religiousness, religious coping, perceived social support, optimism, hurricane exposure, and demographic variables were used at various time points. …

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