This research was supported by grants from the John Templeton Foundation and the Minnesota Veterans Research and Education Foundation, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Religious Distress and Coping With Stressful Life Events: A Longitudinal Study
Article first published online: 19 JUL 2012
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Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 68, Issue 12, pages 1276–1286, December 2012
How to Cite
Harris, J. I., Erbes, C. R., Engdahl, B. E., Ogden, H., Olson, R. H. A., Winskowski, A. M. M., Campion, K. and Mataas, S. (2012), Religious Distress and Coping With Stressful Life Events: A Longitudinal Study. J. Clin. Psychol., 68: 1276–1286. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21900
- Issue published online: 9 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 19 JUL 2012
- John Templeton Foundation and the Minnesota Veterans Research and Education Foundation
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- stress and coping;
- religious coping;
- psychology of religion;
Hypothesis: Religious strain would mediate the relationship between stress symptoms at baseline and stress symptoms 1 year later.
Seventy-nine people with a history of stressful life events (55 women, 23 men, one unknown gender, average age 58 years) from community churches reported stressful life events, spiritual adjustment, and posttraumatic stress symptoms at initial assessment and 1-year follow-up.
Religious strain mediated the relationship between baseline and follow-up posttraumatic stress symptoms.
Because religious distress contributed to prediction of stress symptoms over time, it appears that religious distress is related to adjustment to stressful life events.