Spiritual coping among chronically ill children

Sarah Faith Shelton, Paul A Mabe

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Abstract

Children with chronic and potentially life-threatening illnesses are confronted with numerous stressors. Fear and uncertainty regarding the future, unpredictable illness course and outcome, intrusive treatment regimens, invasive medical procedures, perceived or actual loss of control, and general disruption of life events are a few of the many challenges they must face. Numerous studies conducted with chronically ill children support the idea of tailoring treatment to the individual needs of the patient by assessing developmental, familial, and cultural influences. Yet, surprisingly there has been relatively little attention paid in research to the manner in which children use religion/spirituality to help them through these stresses of chronic illness. Adult studies have clearly indicated that many people report turning to their faith beliefs when faced with a crisis such as an illness or an injury. While research on religious/spiritual coping in adults is enjoying growing interest, religious/spiritual coping in children has largely been neglected.This chapter will review and discuss existing theories and research on children's spiritual coping, specifically as it pertains to dealing with chronic childhood illness. Clinical implications in the field of pediatric psychology and directions for future research in this area will also be explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReligion and Healthcare
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages81-106
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781613242568
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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Illness
Religion
Psychology
Uncertainty
Spirituality
Cultural Influences
Childhood
Treatment Outcome
Familial
Chronic Illness
Faith
Life Events
Pediatrics
Disruption

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Shelton, S. F., & Mabe, P. A. (2011). Spiritual coping among chronically ill children. In Religion and Healthcare (pp. 81-106). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

Spiritual coping among chronically ill children. / Shelton, Sarah Faith; Mabe, Paul A.

Religion and Healthcare. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2011. p. 81-106.

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Shelton, SF & Mabe, PA 2011, Spiritual coping among chronically ill children. in Religion and Healthcare. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 81-106.
Shelton SF, Mabe PA. Spiritual coping among chronically ill children. In Religion and Healthcare. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2011. p. 81-106
Shelton, Sarah Faith ; Mabe, Paul A. / Spiritual coping among chronically ill children. Religion and Healthcare. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2011. pp. 81-106
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