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Religious and Nonreligious Coping among Cancer Patients

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A pilot study was conducted at the outpatient clinic of the department of medical oncology of Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre. The goal was to draw up an inventory of religious and nonreligious coping strategies of patients with a life threatening disease such as cancer. Current research focuses on various forms of coping. An often neglected coping strategy is religious coping. Research in this field so far was conducted mostly in the USA. When it comes to religion and worldview the Netherlands differs from the USA in important respects. In this article we explore religious coping in the context of the Dutch society.

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Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Religious Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Faculty of Humanities, Tilburg University, The Netherlands;, Email:; 2: Faculty of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University, The Netherlands; Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University, The Netherlands;, Email:; 3: Van Campen Consulting, Veghel, The Netherlands;, Email:; 4: Faculty of Religious Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands;, Email:; 5: Department of Medical Oncology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands;, Email:


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