Religious And Non-Religious Coping: Impact On Adaptation In Later Life


Journal Article

Religious behaviors are commonly used by older persons to cope with stressful life-events and situations. In the present study, adaptation and coping were examined in a stratified random sample of 100 persons age 55 to 80 participating in the Second Duke Longitudinal Study of Aging. Twelve established social psychological measures of adaptation and coping were utilized for this purpose. Mean scores were compared between persons using religious behaviors and those using other coping behaviors. Social class, amount of life-stress experienced, and type of stressors were also compared between religious and non-religious copers. No significant difference was observed between religious and non-religious copers on any of the 12 measures of coping and adaptation. Stratifying the sample by sex did not alter these results. A small proportion of the sample (7%) were distinguished by the degree to which religion had permeated their coping behaviors and outlook on life. Despite being. © Taylor © Francis Group, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Koenig, HG; Siegler, IC; George, LK

Published Date

  • May 11, 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 73 - 94

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0738-6184

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1300/J491v05n04_07

Citation Source

  • Scopus