Spiritual well-being as a mediator of the relation between culture-specific coping and quality of life in a community sample of African Americans

Shawn O. Utsey, Mark A. Bolden, Otis Williams, Angela Lee, Yzette Lanier, Crystal Newsome

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Abstract

This study examines the antecedent factors affecting the quality of life of African Americans. A theoretical model is proposed that identifies the effects of culture-specific coping and spiritual well-being as predictors of quality of life. A sample of 281 African Americans was administered a battery of questionnaires that examined the constructs of interest. The theoretical model was tested within a structural equation - modeling framework to identify both direct and indirect effects. Results indicate overall model fit, with both culture-specific coping and spiritual well-being as significant predictors of quality of life. Spiritual well-being partially mediated the effects of culture-specific coping on quality of life. The article concludes with a discussion of the study's findings in relation to quality of life issues for African Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-136
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Culture-specific coping
  • Quality of life
  • Rituals
  • Spiritual well-being
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology

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