The topic of mental illness is taboo in the Black Community. This experiment sought to explore the relationship between the religious views African Americans hold and how they deal with mental illness stigma. I considered the factors of religiosity and coping, as a predictor of what type of coping mechanism the individual would choose to use. Undergraduates were given two surveys using Likert-Scales followed by a demographic section, the first measured how religious an individual was using the Centrality of Religiosity Scale (CRS), while the second measured how often an individual used certain coping mechanisms derived from the COPE Inventory. I expected African Americans who were more religious to use more negative coping mechanisms. The data did not support this prediction as religiosity and negative coping was negatively correlated. Instead the data findings indicated the opposite, showing that religiosity was positively correlated to positive coping, meaning that more religious individuals practice more positive coping mechanisms.
Roberson, Tresaundra and Hammer, Elizabeth Yost
"Religious Views and Coping in the Black Community,"
XULAneXUS: Vol. 18
, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.xula.edu/xulanexus/vol18/iss1/1