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Title: Religious Coping by Elderly Buddhists: A Qualitative Study of Chinese Singaporeans
Keywords: Buddhism, coping, aging, Chinese, Singapore, Qualitative
Issue Date: 31-Jul-2012
Citation: XU JIANBIN (2012-07-31). Religious Coping by Elderly Buddhists: A Qualitative Study of Chinese Singaporeans. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore how elderly Chinese Buddhists in Singapore perceive their life stress, and what the roles and functions of Buddhism in their coping process are. The triangulation of semi-structured interviews with 17 community-dwelling older adults and one focus group discussion among 6 participants (selected from 17 interviewees) was employed for data collection. Data collection and analysis were guided by Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. It was found that participants perceived stress as a form of dukkha and attributed stress to karma. They employed karma-based coping, wisdom-based coping, emotion-based coping, meditation-based coping, compassion-based coping, and existential coping. Also found were religious struggle and stress-related growth. The thesis develops a conceptualization of Buddhism-as-a-meaning-system (BMS) and a BMS-based model of coping. Buddhism performs three (giving existential-cognitive-relational meanings) roles and four (remedial-preventive-integrative-transcendent) functions in coping. The study has implications for social work practice, social policy, and future research.
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