Spiritual struggles and resting pulse rates: Does strong distress tolerance promote more effective coping?

Neal Krause, Gail Ironson, Kenneth I. Pargament

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Research indicates that spiritual struggles (i.e., tensions and strains associated with sacred issues) are associated with greater psychological distress and diminished levels of well-being. However, fewer studies have assessed the relationship between spiritual struggles and indicators of physical health. The purpose of the current study is to see whether spiritual struggles are associated with clinically higher levels of resting pulse rates. In addition, an effort is made to see if the effects of spiritual struggles on resting pulse rates are offset for individuals with a strong sense of distress tolerance. Data from a recent nationwide survey suggest that spiritual struggles are associated with higher resting pulse rates, but only among individuals who do not have a strong sense of distress tolerance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-265
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016



  • Distress tolerance
  • Resting pulse rates
  • Spiritual struggles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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