Religiousness and Psychological Distress of Women after Hurricane Katrina
Christian S. Chan and Jean E. Rhodes, University of Massachusetts, Boston
This prospective study examined social support and optimism as protective pathways of influence of general religiousness on post-disaster psychological distress of women who survived Hurricane Katrina. Two questionnaires were administrated, one before and one after the disaster. Participants were 386 low-income, single mothers, predominantly Black. Results of structural equation modeling indicated that, controlling for level of exposure to the hurricanes, pre-disaster physical health, age, and number of children, pre-disaster religiousness contributed to better post-disaster psychosocial resources, which in turn were predictive of less psychological distress.
Social Welfare Programs and Policies, Urban Poverty