Religious and Spiritual Struggles & Coping in a German-speaking sample

Lampe, Jessica Frances; Noth, Isabelle; Znoj, Hans Jörg (5 April 2019). Religious and Spiritual Struggles & Coping in a German-speaking sample (Unpublished). In: The APA Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Annual Mid-Year Conference. Bowling Green Ohio. 5. April 2019.

We present preliminary results on religious and spiritual struggles and how these are coped with in a German-speaking sample (n=1359) primarily from Switzerland. While these topics have been primarily studied in the United States, we extend this research to more secular societies in the German-speaking world, where a lack of data still exists. While inner religious and spiritual struggles are likely to exist in more secular samples too, it cannot be assumed that results from American samples can be readily transferred. This joint research project between clinical psychology and psychology of religion aims to identify which inner religious and spiritual struggles are prevalent and to assess religious coping styles in secular society. In addition to the six subscales of the Religious and Spiritual Struggles Scale (RSS) developed by Exline et al. (2014), we added a subscale on scripture-related struggles, which will be explored. For the first time, this questionnaire was translated into and administered in the German language. As religion and spirituality may serve as valuable resources and have a potentially significant impact on health and well-being, but can also cause severe emotional distress, we will compare the results of the RSS and the brief RCOPE (Pargament et al. 2011) with questionnaires relating to hope, embitterment, inconsistency, centrality of religion, and depression. This study opens the door for future research on religious and spiritual struggles in the German-speaking and more secularized world.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Practical Theology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Psychological and Behavioral Health

UniBE Contributor:

Lampe, Jessica Frances, Noth, Isabelle, Znoj, Hans Jörg


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
200 Religion
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Jessica Frances Lampe

Date Deposited:

25 Jun 2019 16:02

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:29

Uncontrolled Keywords:

spiritual struggles, religious struggles, coping


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