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Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 81–117 | Cite as

A Critical Review of the Forms and Value of Religious Coping Among Informal Caregivers

  • MICHELLE J. PEARCE
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Abstract

A review of the literature revealed high rates of religiousness and religious coping among informal caregivers (i.e., unpaid family and friends) and some associations with better mental and spiritual health and caregiving experience. However, the information necessary to practically and empirically apply this knowledge to improve the lives of caregivers was noticeably absent. To this end five key issues were identified: (a) Measurement, (b) Process, (c) Effectiveness, (d) Moderators, and (e) Mediators. A greater understanding of the specific types of religious coping strategies used, how their use changes over time, for whom and what outcomes they are most effective, and what influences and explains their effectiveness, will better equip healthcare workers to promote the functioning and well being of caregivers.

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caregivers healthcare religious coping mental and physical health 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • MICHELLE J. PEARCE
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYale UniversityNew Haven

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