Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 56, Issue 2, pp 575–590 | Cite as

Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients: The Association with Religiosity and Religious Coping

  • Guan Chong NgEmail author
  • Salina Mohamed
  • Ahmad Hatim Sulaiman
  • Nor Zuraida Zainal
Original Paper


There is a lack of studies looking into religiosity and religious coping in cancer patient. In this cross-sectional study, we examined the religiosity using Duke University Religion Index, religious coping using Brief Religious Coping Scale, anxiety and depression based on Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale among 200 cancer patients. The association between religiosity and religious coping with anxiety and depression was studied. The findings showed that subjects with anxiety or depression used more negative religious coping and had lower non-organization religiosity. Hence, measurements in reducing negative religious coping and encouraging religious activities could help to reduce psychological distress in cancer patients.


Anxiety Depression Religious coping Religiosity Cancer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guan Chong Ng
    • 1
    Email author
  • Salina Mohamed
    • 2
  • Ahmad Hatim Sulaiman
    • 1
  • Nor Zuraida Zainal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Psychological & Behavioural Medicine, Faculty of MedicineUniversiti Teknologi MARAKuala LumpurMalaysia

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