Daily stress and religion as a coping resource

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Beckham, Kea
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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Studies on religious coping often focus on major life stress. The present study proposes to show that religion, measured by church attendance and prayer use, would be an effective coping strategy in dealing with daily stress levels that would include both major and minor stressors. Optimism, self-efficacy and life satisfaction were also analysed in relation to religion. A convenience sample of 116 participants completed questionnaires consisting of demographic information including church attendance and prayer use along with scales on perceived stress, general self-efficacy, optimism, coping dimensions and life satisfaction. The results showed that religion, church attendance and prayer combined and prayer individually, was not significantly related to stress indicating that religion is not an effective coping method for daily stress