Schroeter, Laura Lee (2015). The relationship between religion, spirituality, and psychosocial distress among patients adjusting to cancer.
Using the national longitudinal survey, AddHealth, this study examined whether religious/spiritual beliefs and practices had a correlation with the psychosocial adjustment of cancer patients. The religious/spiritual factors that were considered were the following: religious identification, frequency of religious service attendance; participation in special religious activities, importance of religious faith, frequency of private prayer, and the use of religion/spirituality as a problem-solver. The results found that all independent variables, but one, proved to be unrelated to the psychosocial adjustment to cancer, and appeared to be independent events. The only independent variable that had significance was outside of the religious/spiritual variable framework. Cancer patients who had received a depression diagnosis were more likely to have received psychological counseling in the last 12 months. Implications and further research are discussed.
Philosophy, religion and theology
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Schroeter, Laura Lee
Huynh-Hohnbaum, Anh-Luu T.
California State University, Los Angeles
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