The associations between religion, bereavement and depression among Hong Kong nurses

Teris Cheung, Hong Lee, Paul S.F. Yip

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Background: This paper is to examine the associations between religion, bereavement and depression among nursing professionals using a cross-sectional survey design. There is little empirical evidence in Asia suggesting that religion may either increase or lower the likelihood of nursing professionals being depressed. Methods: We analyzed the results of a Mental Health Survey soliciting data from 850 Hong Kong nurses (aged 21-59, 178 males) regarding their mental well-being and associated factors, including participants' socio-economic profile and recent life-events. Multiple linear regression analyses examined associations between religion, bereavement and depression. Results: Religious faith is weakly associated with lower self-reported depression in bereavement. Conclusions: Our findings confirm those studies suggesting that religion positively affects mental health and yet healthcare providers have yet to assimilate this insight.
Original languageEnglish
Article number242
JournalBMC Research Notes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2017


  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Mental health
  • Nurses
  • Religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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