Traumatic stress and religion: Is there a relationship? A review of empirical findings

Yung Y. Chen, Harold G. Koenig

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Abstract

Based on a history of close conceptual link, empirical studies are beginning to accumulate that investigate the relationship between trauma and religion. A review of empirical studies that examined the relationship between religion/spirituality and PTSD showed mixed findings (n = 11). Though the direction of association varied among studies, all but one study reported significant associations between the two. Factors that might have contributed to the mixed findings are discussed (e.g., measurements, research design). Overall, these results appear to be encouraging toward confirming the conceptual link between religion and trauma. Further research investigating the direction of causation and possible moderators of the association may contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between trauma and religion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-381
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

Keywords

  • PTSD
  • Religion
  • Review
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma

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