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Is There a Balm in Gilead? The Implications of Faith in Coping with a Psychiatric Disability

Kenneth E. Bussema

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A descriptive study investigating the faith development journeys of persons experiencing severe and persistent psychiatric disability and the role that religious faith plays in coping and recovery. Seventeen people participated in semi-structured interviews to determine their stage of faith development and the role of religious beliefs in coping with a psychiatric disability. The majority of participants reported that even though their religious beliefs provided an important sense of meaning and hope in facing the psychiatric disability, they felt estranged from their primary religious communities. Suggestions for addressing religious and spiritual needs are discussed.

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Contributed on 7/7/2010

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