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Religious coping and adjustment among pregnant women

Author(s): Nasir Ahmad Bhat Rafia Hassan and M. Shafiq

From thousands of years women have make use of prayer and other spiritual practices for their own and others health concerns (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2005). Studies documented that relationship between religious involvement and health risk behaviors in childbearing women concluded that such involvement was significantly correlated with less risk health behaviors (Page, Ellison, & Lee, 2009). The present study wants to explore the relationship between religious coping and adjustment among pregnant women. Present study represents a sample of forty-seven participants including pregnant women coming obstetric clinic for their prenatal checkup. For the measurement of religious coping tools like R-COPE by (Pargament, 2000), was used and Adjustment was measured with the help of depression CES-D Scale by Radloff, 1977 and Hopkins Anxiety Checklist by Parloff, 1954.It was a cross-sectional study design in which descriptive statistics like correlation t-test and ANOVA techniques were used to analyze the data. Positive religious coping shows   a significant negative relationship between age (r = -.79, p < .01) and gestation period (r = -.49, p < .01). Negative coping was found significantly and negatively correlated with age (r = -.56, p < .01) and gestation period (r = -.44, p < .01). Anxiety was found significant and negatively related with age (r = -.68, p < .01) and gestation period (r = -.40, p < .01). Depression was significantly and negatively related to age (r = -.84, p < .01) and gestation period (r = -.55, p < .01). Mean scores show that positive coping was higher among participants with <30 years of age (M = 50.60, SD = 6.36) and same as negative coping with <30 years of age (M = 11.92, SD = 3.34). Participants with short experience of pregnancy (i.e., <3 months) shows more positive coping (M = 49.22, SD = 7.30) and negative coping (M = 11.78, SD = 3.49) respectively. The overall findings suggest the role that understands the relationship of religious coping with adjustment among pregnant women.