En las Manos de Dios [in God's Hands]: Religious and Other Forms of Coping among Latinos with Arthritis

Ana F. Abraído-Lanza, Elizabeth Vásquez, Sandra E. Echeverría

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Abstract

This study tested a theoretical model concerning religious, passive, and active coping; pain; and psychological adjustment among a sample of 200 Latinos with arthritis. Respondents reported using high levels of religious coping. A path analysis indicated that religious coping was correlated with active but not with passive coping. Religious coping was directly related to psychological well-being. Passive coping was associated with greater pain and worse adjustment. The effects of active coping on pain, depression, and psychological well-being were entirely indirect, mediated by acceptance of illness and self-efficacy. These findings warrant more research on the mechanisms that mediate the relationship between coping and health. This study contributes to a growing literature on religious coping among people with chronic illness, as well as contributing to a historically under-studied ethnic group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-102
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume72
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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