Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 1010–1019 | Cite as

The Effect of Religious Belief and Forgiveness on Coping with Diabetes

  • Ece YazlaEmail author
  • Mehmet Emrah Karadere
  • Ferit Kerim Küçükler
  • Çağatay Karşıdağ
  • Leman İnanç
  • Elif Kankoç
  • Melda Dönertaş
  • Emre Demir
Original Paper


We aimed to investigate the relationship of religious beliefs and forgiveness in diabetic patients with various sociodemographic characteristics, emotional problems and glycaemic control. The study comprises 100 patients diagnosed with type 2 DM. We used a data collection form, the Scale of Forgiveness and Religiosity (SFR), Problem Areas in Diabetes Scale (PAID), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and the Audit of Diabetes-Dependent Quality of Life (ADDQoL). We also recorded blood glucose and HbA1c test results. A statistically significant relationship was determined only between the scores of the STAI-I and the religious belief scales (r = 0.198, p = 0.049). A statistically significant negative relationship was determined between the forgiveness scale points and the BDI (r = 0.326, p = 0.001), the STAI-II (r = 0.308, p = 0.002) and PAID (r = 0.313, p = 0.001) and a positive correlation with ADDQoL (r = 0.284, p = 0.004). To conclude, forgiveness by patient himself or others reduced the emotional problems which were experienced related to diabetes by reducing stress levels and could increase quality of life.


Diabetes and psychiatry Diabetes and religion Forgiveness Diabetes and quality of life 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

All of the authors have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. We took ethical approval from the ethical committee of the Ankara Numune Education and Research Hospital.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHitit University Çorum Education and Research HospitalÇorumTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Internal Medicine EndocrinologyHitit University Çorum Education and Research HospitalÇorumTurkey
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryAcıbadem Altunizade HastanesiIstanbulTurkey
  4. 4.Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of MedicineSıtkı Kocaman UniversityMuğlaTurkey
  5. 5.Kayseri Education and Research HospitalKayseriTurkey
  6. 6.Dr. Kamil Furtun Samsun Pulmonary Diseases and Surgery HospitalSamsunTurkey
  7. 7.Department of BiostatisticsHitit UniversityÇorumTurkey

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