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Reconsidering religious coping : a narrative approach

Bulut, Y. (2020) Reconsidering religious coping : a narrative approach.

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Abstract:Since there is little knowledge about how older adults experience religious coping in relation to well-being, context, and identity, this study examined religious coping from a qualitative bottom-up approach. A life-story interview based on McAdams (2008) was developed and applied to five older individuals aged 74 to 82. Through an approach based on holistic content analysis (Lieblich, Tuval-Mashiach, & Zilber, 1998) it was found that religious coping can have a dynamic as well as a static nature in relation to context. Furthermore, it was found that religious coping and well-being can be experienced either as having a dynamic or a static relationship or no relation at all. Certain reoccurring themes in the life stories that are related to religious coping experiences show that religious coping can either motivate the person to develop autonomy or a strive for social connectedness. The approach of this study opens a new direction of research on religious coping and can inform interventions for its importance in late life.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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