What is it about?
Thirty-nine women from Christian, Islamic, and Jewish traditions shared stories of how their beliefs in a Supreme Being were powerful, stabilizing, and beneficial forces as they navigated to adaptively cope through trauma and extreme adversity. These resilient women reported depending upon spiritual resources. The focus on their spiritual core belief system gave perspective and new meaning to life's challenges and facilitated adaptive coping. While the participants of this study represented a wide range of ages, race/ethnicity, religious traditions, education, and types of traumas, they shared common religious/spiritual experiences and utilized similar religious/spiritual coping strategies.
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Why is it important?
During our recent global Covid-19 pandemic, more than half the world's population united in prayer to end the pandemic (Brantzen, 2021). Worldwide, 8 in 10 people identify with a religious group (Pew, 2012). Over 80% of Americans report that religion is important in their daily living (Newport, 2016). Many individuals report relying on their religious/spiritual beliefs when facing life challenges. During times of crisis, spirituality is a powerful dimension of human survival. When drawing upon spiritual strength, individuals gain insight, build hope, and find personal meaning. To mitigate the negative impact of extreme challenges and promote healing, mental health professionals must consider the importance of understanding, affirming, and encouraging individuals to draw upon religious/spiritual beliefs, practices, and experiences.
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This page is a summary of: Traversing trauma: Resilient women’s religious and spiritual stories of hope and strength., Professional Psychology Research and Practice, November 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/pro0000491.
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