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Journal Article

Religious Orientation and Coping with Cancer

Miriam S. Meyer, Elizabeth M. Altmaier and C. Patrick Burns
Journal of Religion and Health
Vol. 31, No. 4 (Winter, 1992), pp. 273-279
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27510707
Page Count: 7
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Religious Orientation and Coping with Cancer
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Abstract

In this study we investigated the role of religious orientation in coping with stresses associated with cancer. A measure of daily coping and the Religious Orientation scale were administered to forty hematology-oncology patients in order to examine frequency of eight coping responses across religious orientations. It was found that proreligious and intrinsic participants used religion significantly more often than nonreligious and extrinsic types to cope with stresses associated with their cancer. We concluded that religious orientation and commitment influence the coping process, and suggest that religious commitment be included in studies of coping with cancer.

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