Religious Distress and Coping With Stressful Life Events: A Longitudinal Study

J. Irene Harris, Christopher R. Erbes, Brian E. Engdahl, Henry Ogden, Raymond H.A. Olson, Ann Marie M. Winskowski, Kelsey Campion, Saari Mataas

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Objective(s): Hypothesis: Religious strain would mediate the relationship between stress symptoms at baseline and stress symptoms 1 year later. Method: Seventy-nine people with a history of stressful life events (55 women, 23 men, one unknown gender, average age 58 years) from community churches reported stressful life events, spiritual adjustment, and posttraumatic stress symptoms at initial assessment and 1-year follow-up. Results: Religious strain mediated the relationship between baseline and follow-up posttraumatic stress symptoms. Conclusions: Because religious distress contributed to prediction of stress symptoms over time, it appears that religious distress is related to adjustment to stressful life events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1276-1286
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of clinical psychology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Prayer
  • Psychology of religion
  • Religion
  • Religious coping
  • Stress and coping


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