Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 120–127

Religious coping and hospital admissions among adults with sickle cell disease

  • Shawn M. Bediako
  • Lakshmi Lattimer
  • Carlton HaywoodJr
  • Neda Ratanawongsa
  • Sophie Lanzkron
  • Mary Catherine Beach


Although a well-established literature implicates religiosity as a central element of the African American experience, little is known about how individuals from this group utilize religion to cope with specific health-related stressors. The present study examined the relation between religious coping and hospital admissions among a cohort of 95 adults with sickle cell disease—a genetic blood disorder that, in the United States, primarily affects people of African ancestry. Multiple regression analyses indicated that positive religious coping uniquely accounted for variance in hospital admissions after adjusting for other demographic and diagnostic variables. Specifically, greater endorsement of positive religious coping was associated with significantly fewer hospital admissions (β = −.29, P < .05). These results indicate a need for further investigation of the roles that religion and spirituality play in adjustment to sickle cell disease and their influence on health care utilization patterns and health outcomes.


Religious coping Hospital admissions Sickle cell disease 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shawn M. Bediako
    • 1
  • Lakshmi Lattimer
    • 2
  • Carlton HaywoodJr
    • 3
  • Neda Ratanawongsa
    • 4
  • Sophie Lanzkron
    • 5
  • Mary Catherine Beach
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore CountyBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.The Johns Hopkins School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Division of HematologyThe Johns Hopkins School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  4. 4.Center for Vulnerable PopulationsUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  5. 5.Division of HematologyThe Johns Hopkins School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  6. 6.Division of General Internal MedicineThe Johns Hopkins School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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