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Situational and Personal Variations in Religious Coping

Charles A. Schaefer and Richard L. Gorsuch
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 32, No. 2 (Jun., 1993), pp. 136-147
DOI: 10.2307/1386793
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1386793
Page Count: 12
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Situational and Personal Variations in Religious Coping
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Abstract

In this study, a state measure for Pargament's Self-Directing, Deferring, and Collaborative religious coping styles was developed to evaluate situational and personal variations in religious coping. Vignettes were used to vary situations. The state coping subscales were significantly correlated with their respective trait counterparts. Situational variability in religious coping style was established and related to the characteristics of the situations and the individuals. A more active role was assigned to God for the state coping styles than was indicated by the trait measures. In addition, increased perception of stressors (stress, importance, challenge, loss, and threat) in the vignettes was correlated with a more active role for God and a less active role for the individual.

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