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

  • Abraído-Lanza A
  • Vásquez E
  • Echeverría S
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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.

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Authors

  • Ana F. Abraído-Lanza

  • Elizabeth Vásquez

  • Sandra E. Echeverría

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