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Are Health Fatalism and Styles of Coping with Stress Affected by Poverty? A Field Study


Background: Fatalism is an important parameter that affects individuals' understanding of health. In addition, stress and economic status, such as fatalism, are important factors that affect an individual's understanding of health. In this context, there may be an important link between stress, economic situation and fatalism. This study was conducted to determine whether health fatalism levels and styles of coping with stress are affected by poverty.

Methods: This cross-sectional field study involved participants consisted of 382 individuals living in the two-Family Health Center regions in Turkey in 2018. The data collection phase continued for approximately three months. Collecting the data were used, namely demographic introduction form, Health Fatalism Scale, Styles of Coping with Stress Scale, and Individual Poverty Index. The data were analysed using SPSS 22 package program.

Results: The difference between the average health fatalism score in poor and non-poor individuals was statistically significant (P<0.05). There was a weak, positive, and significant relationship between health fatalism score and optimistic, helpless, and submissive approach scores in both poor and non-poor individuals (P<0.05).

Conclusion: While individuals' health fatalism level was affected by poverty, their style of coping with stress was not affected. Still, there was a significant relationship between health fatalism level and their style of coping with stress.

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IssueVol 52 No 3 (2023) QRcode
SectionOriginal Article(s)
DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/ijph.v52i3.12140
Health fatalism Coping with stress Poverty Nursing Turkey

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Durmaz H, Çapik C. Are Health Fatalism and Styles of Coping with Stress Affected by Poverty? A Field Study. Iran J Public Health. 2023;52(3):575-583.