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Do Religious Struggles Mediate The Association Between Day-to-day Discrimination And Depressive Symptoms?

Title: Do Religious Struggles Mediate The Association Between Day-to-day Discrimination And Depressive Symptoms?.
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Name(s): Hill, Terrence D., author
Christie-Mizell, C. Andre, author
Vaghela, Preeti, author
Mossakowski, Krysia N., author
Johnson, Robert J., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: journal article
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journal article
Date Issued: 2017-08
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Although numerous studies have shown that discrimination contributes to poorer mental health, the precise mechanisms underlying this association are not well understood. In this paper, we consider the possibility that the association between day-to-day discrimination (being disrespected, insulted, and harassed) and depressive symptoms is partially mediated by religious struggles (religious doubts and negative religious coping). To test our mediation model, we use data collected from the 2011 Miami-Dade Health Survey (n = 444) to estimate a series of multiple regression models assessing associations among day-to-day discrimination, religious struggles, and depressive symptoms. We find that day-to-day discrimination is positively associated with religious struggles and depressive symptoms, net of adjustments for general religious involvement, age, gender, race, ethnicity, immigrant status, interview language, education, employment, household income, financial strain, and marital status. We also observe that religious struggles are positively associated with depressive symptoms. Our mediation analyses confirm that day-to-day discrimination can contribute to depressive symptoms by stirring religious struggles. Our key finding is that religious struggles may serve as a maladaptive coping response to discrimination. Our analyses extend previous work by bridging research in the areas of discrimination, religious struggles, and mental health.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_wos_000408752200005 (IID), 10.3390/re18080134 (DOI)
Keywords: depression, discrimination, self-esteem, mental-health, psychological distress, older-adults, perceived discrimination, african-american women, dark side, nationwide sample, negative religious coping, racial-discrimination, religious doubts, religious struggles, spiritual struggles
Publication Note: The publisher's version of record is available at https://doi.org/10.3390/re18080134
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_wos_000408752200005
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Religions.
2077-1444
Issue: iss. 8, vol. 8

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Hill, T. D., Christie-Mizell, C. A., Vaghela, P., Mossakowski, K. N., & Johnson, R. J. (2017). Do Religious Struggles Mediate The Association Between Day-to-day Discrimination And Depressive Symptoms? Religions. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_wos_000408752200005