The role of religious resources for older adults coping with illness.

The journal of pastoral care & counseling : JPCC

PubMedID: 12875128

Gall TL. The role of religious resources for older adults coping with illness. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2003;57(2):211-24.
The present study investigated the role of religious/spiritual appraisal and coping among a community sample of older adults with illness. In particular this study explored the relationship between these religious resources and nonreligious cognitive appraisals (e.g., threat) and coping behavior in response to illness. These religious resources were related to more adaptive forms of general appraisal and coping. For example, meaning-making related to God (e.g., God's will) was linked to more positive appraisals of the illness and its potential to lead to growth. As well, various forms of religious coping behavior were associated with older adults' use of positive reframing and active forms of general coping. Such findings have implications for counselors and health care providers in their work with older adults adjusting to illness.