Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Abu-Raiya, H., & Pargament, K. I.: Religious Coping among Diverse Religions: Commonalities and Divergences

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Abu-Raiya, H., & Pargament, K. I.: Religious Coping among Diverse Religions: Commonalities and Divergences

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Abu-Raiya, H., & Pargament, K. I.

Religious coping among diverse religions: Commonalities and divergences.

Volume 7(1), 24-33. (2015).

Many individuals utilize religion and religious supports in order to cope with various life stressors. Individuals are more likely to use religion as coping when their economic and social resources are limited and when stressors are perceived as challenging. Religious coping outcomes can vary according to the type of coping that the individual utilizes. Positive religious coping (characterized by a sense of greater meaning, attachment to God, and spiritual connectedness with others) is typically associated with positive health outcomes, such as lower mortality, fewer complications after surgery, and reduced levels of mental health distress. Negative religious coping (marked by a sense of struggle to find significance) has been associated with negative health outcomes, such as higher mortality and increased mental health distress.

The authors reviewed the relevant literature on religious coping and associated outcomes for Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. …

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