The role of religious and spiritual beliefs in coping with malignant melanoma: an Israeli sample

Psychooncology. 1999 Jan-Feb;8(1):27-35. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1611(199901/02)8:1<27::AID-PON334>3.0.CO;2-V.


This preliminary study examined the possible relationship between a newly developed instrument, the Spiritual Beliefs Inventory (SBI-54), and the coping style of a group of cancer patients in Israel. The sample consisted of 100 malignant melanoma patients diagnosed at stages I and II, A and B. Patients were individually interviewed at home and completed seven self-reports. The present report focuses on the relationship of the SBI-54 with other measures of coping, psychological distress and social support. Findings showed that there was a significantly positive correlation between the SBI-54 and the active-cognitive coping style (r = 0.48, p < 0.01).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cognition
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Male
  • Melanoma / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data
  • Religion and Medicine*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Skin Neoplasms / psychology*