Ji Sun Guest Blogs: Religion’s Influence on Mental Health

This Guest Blog Post is from Ji Sun Lee, one of Dr. T’s Health Psychology students:

In this study, researchers investigated religious coping behaviors among medically ill hospitalized adults and compared their health to those without religious coping behaviors. There were two types of religious coping behaviors: the negative, which considers God as punishing and forceful, and the positive, which considers God as benevolent and supporting. The results indicated that negative religious coping behaviors led to poorer physical health, decreased quality of life, and more depression, while positive religious coping behaviors led to better mental health outcomes.