Religious/spiritual well-being, coping styles and personality dimensions in people with substance use disorders

Unterrainer, H. F., Lewis, A. J., Wallner-Liebmann, S. J., Collicutt, J. and Fink, A. 2013, Religious/spiritual well-being, coping styles and personality dimensions in people with substance use disorders, International journal for the psychology of religion, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 204-213.

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Title Religious/spiritual well-being, coping styles and personality dimensions in people with substance use disorders
Author(s) Unterrainer, H. F.
Lewis, A. J.
Wallner-Liebmann, S. J.
Collicutt, J.
Fink, A.
Journal name International journal for the psychology of religion
Volume number 23
Issue number 3
Start page 204
End page 213
Total pages 10
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1050-8619
1532-7582
Keyword(s) coping styles
personality factors
sense of coherence
spirituality
substance dependence
Summary Religiosity and spirituality have been found to be negatively associated with a range of addictions. It has been suggested that religious/spiritual well-being might play an important role in the development, course and the recovery from addictive disorders. A sample of addiction in-patients (n=389) was assessed using the Multidimensional Inventory for Religious/Spiritual Well-Being (MI-RSWB) and compared with a matched group of non-addicted community controls (n=389). RSWB was found to be substantially lower in people with substance use disorders compared to the normal sample. Discriminate functional analysis showed that Experiences of Sense and Meaning, General Religiosity and Forgiveness were the dimensions of RSWB which strongly distinguished the groups. Within the group of people with substance use disorders, RSWB was strongly positively associated with the personality dimensions of Conscientiousness, Agreeableness and Openness as well as Sense of Coherence and positive Coping styles. The study suggests that therapeutic intervention programs focusing on building a positive and meaningful personal framework, akin to that of a religious/spiritual orientation, may contribute to positive outcomes in addiction treatment.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052392

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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