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In search of a theoretical basis for understanding religious coping: initial testing of an explanatory model.

KEVERN, Peter (2011) In search of a theoretical basis for understanding religious coping: initial testing of an explanatory model. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 15 (1). pp. 23-37. ISSN 1367-4676

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There is now good evidence that some religious ideas and perspectives have an influence on their adherents’ ability to cope with life stresses. However, there have been few attempts to explain this effect by recourse to experimentally-tested models of human cognition. In the present paper, the author argues that this shortfall both limits the usefulness of statistically-based studies and impedes the acceptance of religious or spiritual care as part of healthcare practice.
A model based on that developed by cognitive psychologists of religion is subjected to initial, inductive testing in terms of its ability to explain some of the essential features and counter-intuitive results from the research literature on religious coping. The author concludes that, in the particular context represented by an individual in hospital, the model has significant explanatory potential and clarifies some recurring themes in the literature on coping.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: coping, cognitive, spirituality, religion, Pargament
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C800 Psychology
V600 Theology and Religious studies
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences > Social Work, Allied and Public Health
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Depositing User: Peter KEVERN
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2012 14:08
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2012 14:16
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/52

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