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Emotional State of Parents of Children Diagnosed with Cancer: Examining Religious and Meaning-Focused Coping

Institute of Psychology, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Chodakowska Street 19/31, 03-815 Warsaw, Poland
Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Stawki Street 5/7, 00-183 Warsaw, Poland
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Religions 2020, 11(3), 132; (registering DOI)
Received: 29 January 2020 / Revised: 12 March 2020 / Accepted: 12 March 2020 / Published: 16 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Spiritual Care for People with Cancer)
For parents, a child’s oncological disease is a critical life event with a high burdening potential, which changes the functioning of the whole family on many different levels. It triggers various coping strategies with this situation, including religious-based coping. This topic has been somewhat rarely explored, and thus, the aim of the study was to examine the relationship between the emotional state and religious and meaning-focused coping among parents of children diagnosed with cancer. A total of 147 parents participated in this study. Hierarchical regression analysis showed that correlates of positive emotions in the studied group were the economic situation, the time from diagnosis, positive reappraisal and negative religious coping. Only one significant correlate of negative emotions was identified. There is some support for the incremental validity of negative religious coping in relation to meaning-focused coping. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious coping; emotions; parents; children with cancer religious coping; emotions; parents; children with cancer
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Ziółkowska, N.; Bargiel-Matusiewicz, K.; Gruszczyńska, E. Emotional State of Parents of Children Diagnosed with Cancer: Examining Religious and Meaning-Focused Coping. Religions 2020, 11, 132.

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