Spirituality moderates the effect of stress on emotional and physical adjustment

Youngmee Kim, Larry Seidlitz

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This study examined the relationship of spirituality with emotional and physical adjustment to daily stress. One hundred and thirteen college students completed questionnaire measures of spirituality, daily stress, affect, and physical symptoms at two times one month apart. The results showed that spirituality buffered the adverse effect of stress on adjustment, controlling for the use of various coping strategies. The findings have implications for developing prevention programs to improve people's coping skills by incorporating greater emphasis on spirituality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1377-1390
Number of pages14
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Emotional and physical adjustment
  • Spirituality
  • Stress-buffering effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology


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