The Effect of Religious Belief and Forgiveness on Coping with Diabetes
AuthorYazla Asafov, Ece
Karadere, Mehmet Emrah
Küçükler, Ferit Kerim
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CitationYazla, E., Karadere, M. E., Küçükler, F. K., Karşıdağ, Ç., İnanç, L., Kankoç, E., ... & Demir, E. (2018). The effect of religious belief and forgiveness on coping with diabetes. Journal of religion and health, 57(3), 1010-1019.
We aimed to investigate the relationship of religious beliefs and forgiveness in diabetic patients with various sociodemographic characteristics, emotional problems and glycaemic control. The study comprises 100 patients diagnosed with type 2 DM. We used a data collection form, the Scale of Forgiveness and Religiosity (SFR), Problem Areas in Diabetes Scale (PAID), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and the Audit of Diabetes-Dependent Quality of Life (ADDQoL). We also recorded blood glucose and HbA1c test results. A statistically significant relationship was determined only between the scores of the STAI-I and the religious belief scales (r = 0.198, p = 0.049). A statistically significant negative relationship was determined between the forgiveness scale points and the BDI (r = 0.326, p = 0.001), the STAI-II (r = 0.308, p = 0.002) and PAID (r = 0.313, p = 0.001) and a positive correlation with ADDQoL (r = 0.284, p = 0.004). To conclude, forgiveness by patient himself or others reduced the emotional problems which were experienced related to diabetes by reducing stress levels and could increase quality of life. © 2017, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.