Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 55, Issue 6, pp 751–759 | Cite as

Moderating Effects of Religious/Spiritual Coping in the Relation Between Perceived Stress and Psychological Well-Being

  • Bong-Jae LeeEmail author


Although the relationship between stress and depressive symptoms is well documented, less is known about the role of coping strategies, in particular strategies for coping via religious or spiritual means. To investigate the relationships among these factors, data was collected with questionnaires completed by 127 MSW students at a northeastern university in 2003. Significant Stress×Religious/Spiritual Coping buffer interactions were found in the relationship between stress and depression. EQS 6.1 and hierarchical moderated regression analysis showed that religious/spiritual coping reduced the impact of stress on depression. Implications for practice are discussed.


Stress Depressive symptoms Religious/Spiritual coping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social WelfareSeoul Theological UniversityBuchonKorea

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