Religious coping and quality of life among individuals living with schizophrenia.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the relationship between positive and negative religious coping and quality of life among outpatients with schizophrenia. METHODS: Interviews were conducted with 63 adults in the southeastern United States. Religious coping was measured by the 14-item RCOPE and quality of life by the World Health Organization Quality of Life–BREF. Data were examined via descriptive bivariate statistics and controlled analyses. RESULTS: Most participants reported participation in private religious or spiritual activities (91%) and participation in public religious services or activities (68%). Positive religious coping was related to the quality-of-life facet of psychological health (r=.28, p=.03). Negative religious coping and quality of life were inversely related (r=–.30, p=.02). Positive religious coping was associated with psychological health in the reduced univariate general linear model (B=.72, p=.03, adjusted R(2)=.08). CONCLUSIONS: Greater awareness of the importance of religion in this population may improve cultural competence in treatment and community support.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nolan, JA; McEvoy, JP; Koenig, HG; Hooten, EG; Whetten, K; Pieper, CF

Published Date

  • October 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 63 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1051 - 1054

PubMed ID

  • 23032680

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23032680

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9700

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States