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The Use of Religious Coping Methods in a Secular Society: A Survey Study Among Cancer Patients in Sweden
Högskolan i Gävle, Akademin för hälsa och arbetsliv, Avdelningen för socialt arbete och psykologi, Socialt arbete.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-2885-0635
Högskolan i Gävle, Akademin för hälsa och arbetsliv, Avdelningen för socialt arbete och psykologi, Socialt arbete.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-8823-6434
2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: Illness, crisis and loss, ISSN 1054-1373, E-ISSN 1552-6968, Vol. 5, nr 3, s. 171-199Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

In the present article, based on results from a survey study in Sweden among 2,355 cancer patients, the role of religion in coping is discussed. The survey study, in turn, was based on earlier findings from a qualitative study of cancer patients in Sweden. The purpose of the present survey study was to determine to what extent results obtained in the qualitative study can be applied to a wider population of cancer patients in Sweden. The present study shows that use of religious coping methods is infrequent among cancer patients in Sweden. Besides the two methods that are ranked in 12th and 13th place, that is, in the middle (Listening to religious music and Praying to God to make things better), the other religious coping methods receive the lowest rankings, showing how nonsignificant such methods are in coping with cancer in Sweden. However, the question of who turns to God and who is self-reliant in a critical situation is too complicated to be resolved solely in terms of the strength of individuals’ religious commitments. In addition to background and situational factors, the culture in which the individual was socialized is an important factor. Regarding the influence of background variables, the present results show that gender, age, and area of upbringing played an important role in almost all of the religious coping methods our respondents used. In general, people in the oldest age-group, women, and people raised in places with 20,000 or fewer residents had a higher average use of religious coping methods than did younger people, men, and those raised in larger towns.

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2017. Vol. 5, nr 3, s. 171-199
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religious coping, spiritual-oriented coping, cancer, culture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21075DOI: 10.1177/1054137315614513PubMedID: 28690385Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85024498587OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21075DiVA, id: diva2:895216
Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-01-18 Laget: 2016-01-18 Sist oppdatert: 2018-12-03bibliografisk kontrollert

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