Spiritual resilience and struggle following the experience of a stroke
Because strokes raise fundamental issues of finitude, loss of control, and suffering, the experience of stroke may be an important context for studying religion and spirituality. Focusing on stroke survivors and their caregivers, this chapter explores the double-edged character of spirituality—its capacity to sustain people in their most difficult times, and its ability to provoke profound struggle and strain about matters of deepest importance to people. We review the theory and research that speaks to spirituality as a source of both resilience and struggle in stroke and other medical populations, bringing material to life with references to qualitative studies. We posit potential moderators of the relationship between religion/spirituality and adjustment and discuss existing interventions targeting religious and spiritual coping in these populations. Finally we provide recommendations for those providing care for stroke survivors and suggest directions for future research.
Feuille Bockrath, M. , Pargament, K. I. , Ostwald, S. K. (2014)., Spiritual resilience and struggle following the experience of a stroke, in C. Kim-Prieto (ed.), Religion and spirituality across cultures, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 337-353.
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