Negative religious coping as a correlate of suicidal ideation in patients with advanced cancer
Article first published online: 27 FEB 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 23, Issue 8, pages 936–945, August 2014
How to Cite
Trevino, K. M., Balboni, M., Zollfrank, A., Balboni, T. and Prigerson, H. G. (2014), Negative religious coping as a correlate of suicidal ideation in patients with advanced cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 23: 936–945. doi: 10.1002/pon.3505
- Issue published online: 25 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 27 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 8 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Received: 18 SEP 2013
- Suicidal Ideation;
- Negative Religious Coping;
The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between negative religious coping (NRC) and suicidal ideation in patients with advanced cancer, controlling for demographic and disease characteristics and risk and protective factors for suicidal ideation.
Adult patients with advanced cancer (life expectancy ≤6 months) were recruited from seven medical centers in the northeastern and southwestern USA (n = 603). Trained raters verbally administered the examined measures to patients upon study entry. Multivariable logistic regression analyses regressed suicidal ideation on NRC controlling for significant demographic, disease, risk, and protective factors.
Negative religious coping was associated with an increased risk for suicidal ideation (OR, 2.65 [95% CI, 1.22, 5.74], p = 0.01) after controlling for demographic and disease characteristics, mental and physical health, self-efficacy, secular coping, social support, spiritual care received, global religiousness and spirituality, and positive religious coping.
Negative religious coping is a robust correlate of suicidal ideation. Assessment of NRC in patients with advanced cancer may identify patients experiencing spiritual distress and those at risk for suicidal ideation. Confirmation of these results in future studies would suggest the need for interventions targeting the reduction of NRC to reduce suicidal ideation among advanced cancer patients. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.