Religiosity and posttraumatic stress in a sample of East African refugees

Jacob Bentley, Zeba Ahmad, John Thoburn

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The present study focused on organisational religious activity (ORA), non-organisational religious activity (NORA), and intrinsic religiosity as potential moderators of the relationship between traumatic exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in a sample of 59 East African refugees living in the United States. Results demonstrated a moderating effect for ORA (ΔR2 =.054, p =.009) and NORA (ΔR2 =.047, p =.013) on symptoms of PTSD. High ORA was associated with reduced PTSD symptoms for participants reporting relatively low traumatic exposure. However, results indicated that neither ORA nor NORA buffered against the development of PTSD symptoms as traumatic exposure increased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-195
Number of pages11
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • coping
  • posttraumatic stress
  • refugees
  • religiosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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