We’ve recommended a set of top resources that review the literature on religious and/or spiritual struggle and/or coping. These articles and other resources represent some of the very best research and practice being done today. Our list is not intended to be comprehensive, and the selection represents the perspectives of the editorial team. These resources will be updated as new articles become available, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions.
Research on Religious/Spiritual Struggle
Patients Needs and Interests in Spiritual Care
Canada AL, Fitchett G, Murphy PE, Stein K, Portier K, Crammer C, Peterman AH (2013). “Racial/ethnic differences in spiritual well-being among cancer survivors.” Journal of Behavioral Medicine 36(5): 441-453.
Fitchett G, Murphy PE, Kim J, Gibbons JL, Cameron JR, Davis JA (2004). “Religious struggle: Prevalence, correlates and mental health risks in diabetic, congestive heart failure, and oncology patients.” International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 34(20): 179-196.
King SD, Fitchett G, Murphy PE, Pargament KI, Martin PJ, Johnson RH, Harrison DA, Loggers ET (2017). “Spiritual or religious struggle in hematopoietic cell transplant survivors.” Psychooncology 26(2): 270-277.
Pargament KI, Koenig HG, Tarakeshwar N, Hahn J (2001). “Religious Struggle as a Predictor of Mortality among Medically Ill Elderly Patients: A 2-year Longitudinal Study.” Archives of Internal Medicine 161, 15, 1881-1885.
Religion and Spirituality in Coping with Illness
Burker EJ, Evon DM, Sedway JA, Egan T (2005). “Religious and Non-Religious Coping in Lung Transplant Candidates: Does Adding God to the Picture Tell Us More?” Journal of Behavioral Medicine 28, 513-526.
Pargament KI, Koenig HG, Tarakshewar N, Hahn J (2004). “Religious Coping Methods as Predictors of Psychological, Physical and Spiritual Outcomes among Medically Ill Elderly Patients: A Two-year Longitudinal Study.” Journal of Health Psychology 9, 6, 713-730.