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J Psychosoc Oncol. 2009;27(2):248-73. doi: 10.1080/07347330902776028.

Role of religion in cancer coping among African Americans: a qualitative examination.

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Department of Public and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA. cholt14@umd.edu

Abstract

The present study used qualitative methods to examine if and how African Americans with cancer use religiosity in coping. Patients (N = 23) were recruited from physician offices and completed 1-1(1/2) hour interviews. Themes that emerged included but were not limited to control over one's illness, emotional response, importance of social support, role of God as a healer, relying on God, importance of faith for recovery, prayer and scripture study, and making sense of the illness. Participants had a great deal to say about the role of religion in coping. These themes may have utility for development of support interventions if they can be operationalized and intervened upon.

PMID:
19337932
PMCID:
PMC3646589
DOI:
10.1080/07347330902776028
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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