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Buffering role of positive religious coping against the helplessness of elderly people under Covid stress

M.J. Antony Wilson (M.J. Antony Wilson and Surendra Kumar Sia both are based in Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University, Puducherry (U.T.), India)
Surendra Kumar Sia (M.J. Antony Wilson and Surendra Kumar Sia both are based in Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University, Puducherry (U.T.), India)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 1 April 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to understand the relationship between Covid stress and helplessness among the elderly people in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, a southern state of India, and moreover, whether positive religious coping can have any influence on this relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

Following a field study approach, data were collected from 187 elderly people aged more than 60 years in different parts of the Tirunelveli district. Moderated regression analysis was carried out to examine the moderating role of positive religious coping on the relationship between Covid stress and helplessness.

Findings

In line with the formulated hypotheses, the findings reveal a significant positive contribution of Covid stress toward the helplessness of elderly people. However, despite Covid stress, the helplessness gets reduced for elderly people executing a higher level of positive religious coping.

Research limitations/implications

The findings substantiate the conservation of resources theory and suggest the role of positive religious coping as a personal resource against the stress experienced by the elderly.

Practical implications

The findings of the present study indicate the responsibility of government agencies, community leaders, family members as well as religious leaders in providing the scope to the elderly for religious interactions as well as practices that may facilitate positive religious coping among them.

Originality/value

The present study is one of its kind to be carried out among community-dwelling elderly under the pandemic crises. Moreover, the buffering role of positive religious coping as a personal resource to withstand the difficult situation has been examined in this study in an empirical manner.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: No funding was received for carrying out this study.Conflicts of interest/competing interests: There is no conflict of interest.Availability of data and material: Data generated and analyzed during the study will be available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.Ethics approval: The present study was carried out fulfilling the principles of Helsinki Declaration. Approval for the study was accorded from the Institutional Ethics Committee (Human Studies) of Pondicherry University, India.Consent to participate: Informed consent was taken from all the participating respondents in the study.Consent for publication: Both the authors have given their consent for the publication of the present work.

Citation

Wilson, M.J.A. and Sia, S.K. (2022), "Buffering role of positive religious coping against the helplessness of elderly people under Covid stress", Working with Older People, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-02-2022-0006

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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