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Pakistani Muslims Dealing With Cancer: Relationships With Religious Coping, Religious Orientation, And Psychological Distress

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This chapter presents a study that reexamines the religious coping of Pakistani Muslims. It compares Pakistanis Muslims coping with cancer with controls who recollected their reactions to an earlier stressor. The study focuses on four general hypotheses about religious coping in Pakistan. First, the expectation was that religious coping would be higher in cancer patients than in controls who only recollected an earlier stressor. Second, it was hypothesized that positive religious coping and Pakistani coping practices would correlate negatively and negative religious coping would correlate positively with indices of psychological distress. Third, the prediction was that faith-related personal factors would be associated with greater religious coping. Fourth and finally, cancer was presumed to be an unusually threatening stressor. The study demonstrates that religion is a noteworthy feature of coping among Muslims, just as it is among believers committed to other religious traditions.

Keywords: cancer; Pakistani Muslims; psychological distress; religion; religious orientation



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