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Die rol van coping in die verband tussen geestelike welstand en depressie by predikante

Philé Swanepoel, Karel G.F. Esterhuyse, Roelf Beukes, Nico Nortjé
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 68, No 1 | a1071 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i1.1071 | © 2012 Philé Swanepoel, Karel G.F. Esterhuyse, Roelf Beukes, Nico Nortjé | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 May 2011 | Published: 31 May 2012

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Philé Swanepoel, Department of Psychology, University of the Free State, South Africa
Karel G.F. Esterhuyse, Department of Psychology, University of the Free State, South Africa
Roelf Beukes, Department of Psychology, University of the Free State, South Africa
Nico Nortjé, Department of Psychology, University of the Free State, South Africa


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Abstract

The role of coping in the relationship between spiritual wellbeing and depression amongst ministers. The aim of this study was to determine the role of coping in the relationship between spiritual well-being and depression among ministers. The research group consisted of 53 Dutch Reformed ministers, all serving in the Northern Cape. Coping was measured by means of the Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced Questionnaire (Carver, Scheier & Weintraub 1989), spiritual well-being by means of the Spiritual Well-being Questionnaire (Gomez & Fisher 2003:1977), and depression by means of the Beck Depression Inventory-II (Beck, Steer & Brown 1996:1−2). The results of this study indicated that problem-focused coping and emotion-focused coping showed no direct relationship with depression. Problem- focused coping also plays no significant role in the relationship between spiritual well-being and depression. Emotion-focused coping, however, plays a role in the relationship between environment-related spiritual well-being and depression. Significant negative relationships between spiritual well-being and depression were found. A significant positive relationship was found between dysfunctional coping and depression. Dysfunctional coping was identified as a mediator in the relationship between personal spiritual well-being and depression. The results of this study are supported by the literature.

Keywords

coping, spiritual well-being, depression, ministers, emotional well-being, psychological well-being, holistic approach, work circumstances, occupational experiences, Dutch Reformed Church.

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