Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 77–90 | Cite as

Reliance on God’s Help as a Measure of Intrinsic Religiosity in Healthy Elderly and Patients with Chronic Diseases. Correlations with Health-Related Quality of Life?

  • Arndt Büssing
  • Julia Fischer
  • Thomas Ostermann
  • Peter F. Matthiessen


Within the context of coping, we analyze whether Reliance on God’s Help, as a measure of intrinsic religiosity, is associated specifically with SF-12’s health-related quality of life. Data of 5,248 individuals (63.1 ± 10.6 years; 14% chronic diseases, 16% cancer, 8% had experienced acute diseases, and 62% healthy elderly as a control group) were enrolled. Although about half of the individuals had a strong belief that God will help and prayed to become healthy again, Reliance on God’s Help was not generally associated with better physical or mental health-related quality of life. Just in distinct subgroups we found some marginal associations. Regression analyses confirmed that physical or mental health were not among the predictors of Reliance on God’s Help. Nevertheless, intrinsic religiosity was utilized by several individuals, particularly by patients with higher age and cancer. It should be regarded as a resource to cope (meaning-focused coping) rather than an independent contributor to health-related quality of life.


Intrinsic religiosity Spirituality Coping Health-related quality of life Chronic diseases Patients 



We are grateful to Die Continentale Versicherung for their support, to Ralf-Achim Grünther (Orthopaedic Clinic in Bad Bocklet) for encouraging his patients to fill the questionnaires, and to Judith M. Fouladbakhsh (Wayne State University, Detroit) for her comments and advises. The authors disclose any potential conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arndt Büssing
    • 1
    • 2
  • Julia Fischer
    • 1
  • Thomas Ostermann
    • 1
    • 2
  • Peter F. Matthiessen
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair of Medical Theory and Complementary Medicine, Faculty of MedicineUniversity Witten/HerdeckeHerdeckeGermany
  2. 2.Interdisciplinary Center of Health Care ResearchUniversity Witten/HerdeckeHerdeckeGermany

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