Spiritual and religious coping in caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease

Amit A. Shah, A. Lynn Snow, Mark E. Kunik

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Abstract

This study investigates the prevalence of religiously based coping mechanism use in Alzheimer's caregivers who use support groups and the correlation between the use of these coping mechanisms and caregiver mental health. Caregivers completed scales measuring depression, burden, religiosity, and religious coping. Caregivers reported high levels of spirituality and religious coping mechanism use. Those caregivers that felt anger or distance from God and who questioned their faith or religious beliefs were significantly (p < 0.001) correlated with increased depression and perceived burden. Other measured subscales did not show significant correlations with mental health variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-136
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Volume24
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Caregivers
  • Coping
  • Dementia
  • Religious
  • Spiritual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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