Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 55, Issue 4, pp 1359–1380 | Cite as

Utilized Resources of Hope, Orientation, and Inspiration in Life of Persons with Multiple Sclerosis and Their Association with Life Satisfaction, Adaptive Coping Strategies, and Spirituality

  • Anne-Gritli Wirth
  • Arndt BüssingEmail author
Original Paper


In a cross-sectional survey among 213 patients with multiple sclerosis, we intended to analyze their resources of hope, orientation, and inspiration in life, and how these resources are related to health-associated variables, adaptive coping strategies, and life satisfaction. Resources were categorized as Faith (10 %), Family (22 %), Other sources (16 %), and No answer (53 %). These non-respondents were predominantly neither religious nor spiritual (70 % R−S−). Although R−S− persons are a heterogeneous group with varying existential interest, they did not significantly differ from their spiritual/religious counterparts with respect to physical and mental health or life satisfaction, but for an adaptive Reappraisal strategy and Gratitude/Awe.


Multiple sclerosis Resources Adaptive coping Life satisfaction Spirituality 



We are grateful to all patients who supported the study by completing the questionnaires. Moreover, we would like to express our gratitude to Knut Humbroich (Department of Neurology, Communal Hospital Herdecke, Herdecke), Kathrin Gerbershagen (Department of Neurology and Palliative Care, Köln-Merheim Hospital, Cologne), Sebastian Schimrigk (Neurological Hospital, Clinic of Lüdenscheid, Lüdenscheid), and Michael Haupts (Augustahospital Anholt, Neurological Hospital, Isselburg-Anholt) for their support to recruit the patients.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Quality of Life, Spirituality and Coping, Faculty of Health, Institute of Integrative MedicineWitten/Herdecke UniversityHerdeckeGermany

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