Religious social support can be described as the social support individuals receive as a result of their religious beliefs and participation in religious activities. Social support refers to the size of one’s social network and the perception of belonging to one or more groups. It also includes perceptions of received, provided, and expected emotional and tangible support from one’s social network (Cohen, Underwood, & Gottlieb, 2000). Thus, religious social support refers to the emotional and tangible support that one receives, provides, and expects from one’s religious community. It may also refer to the size of one’s social network as a result of participation in religious and spiritual activities (Debnam, Holt, Clark, Roth, & Southward, 2011; Krause, Ellison, Shaw, Marcum, & Boardman, 2001). Religious support is a multidimensional construct that has sometimes been operationalized differently across various studies. Most definitions of...
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Barrett, C. (2013). Religious Social Support. In: Gellman, M.D., Turner, J.R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_1593
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