Religious coping and psychological wellbeing in carers of relatives with schizophrenia
Article first published online: 23 SEP 2008
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 105, Issue 5, pages 356–362, May 2002
How to Cite
Rammohan, A. , Rao, K. and Subbakrishna, D. K. (2002), Religious coping and psychological wellbeing in carers of relatives with schizophrenia. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 105: 356–362. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0447.2002.1o149.x
- Issue published online: 23 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 23 SEP 2008
- religious beliefs;
Objective: To examine the use of religious coping and its relation to psychological wellbeing in carers of relatives with schizophrenia.
Method: Sixty carers of patients with an ICD-10 diagnosis of schizophrenia, were assessed on strength of religious belief, perceived burden, religious and other coping strategies and psychological wellbeing.
Results: Coping strategies of denial and problem solving, strength of religious belief and perceived burden were significant predictors of wellbeing.
Conclusion: Strength of religious belief plays an important role in helping family members to cope with the stress of caring for a mentally ill relative. In addition to psychoeducation and problem solving coping, the role of religious coping in enhancing wellbeing of carers needs to be considered in family intervention programmes.