TITLE

SPIRITUALITY AS A MEANS OF COPING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS

AUTHOR(S)
Rowe, M. Michelle; Allen, Richard G.
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;2004, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p62
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Individuals with chronic illnesses often deal with intense physical and psychological stressors as a consequence of living with an illness. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between spirituality and coping ability. Participants with various chronic illnesses completed the Spiritual Involvement and Belief Scale (SIBS), the Coping Styles Scale, and a demographics questionnaire. A significant positive correlation was found between spirituality and the ability to cope. However, only one coping style, Intrusive Positive Thoughts, was found to be a significant predictor of spirituality. These results suggest that individuals who measure high in spirituality also tend to have a stronger and more diverse coping style and also tend to cope using a more positive outlook.
ACCESSION #
12720629

 

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