Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The invisible "religious" minority: Working with the nonreligious bereaved
by Lin, Tiffany S., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 105; 1527016
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the strengths, challenges, and needs of the nonreligious bereaved. Study participants were recruited from a secular online bereavement support group using convenience and snowball sampling. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 12 individuals and the content was analyzed for themes and patterns. The participants reported a number of adaptive coping mechanisms, including pathways of coping influenced by their nonreligious worldviews. Findings suggested the perceived imposition of religious beliefs to be a bereavement challenge. Findings also revealed the need for the participants to be able to express grief freely in the context of their nonreligious worldviews and to feel accepted for their perspectives on death and dying when receiving bereavement support. To better serve the nonreligious bereaved, it is recommended that social workers apply an implicit spiritual assessment approach and a language usage that is sensitive to the nonreligious worldviews.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Web Studies, Spirituality
Keywords: Bereavement, Nonreligious, Spirituality
Publication Number: 1527016
ISBN: 978-1-321-37050-8
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