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The Relationship between Religious Coping and Resilience among Senior Army Leaders in the United States Army War College
by Bowlus, David A., D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2018, 123; 10744091
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of writing “The Relationship Between Religious Coping and Resilience Among Senior Leaders at the United States Army War College” was to determine the relationship of resilience and religious coping among senior Army officers. It measured religious coping, resilience, religious orientation, and explored service-related stresses as experienced by a representative sample of officers.

Chapter One develops the purpose out of a context with senior Army officers who carry a significant burden of responsibility as they are entrusted with the war-fighting effectiveness of soldiers in combat and serve in a culture which places enormous pressures on its senior leaders. The ministry problem is that the stressors faced and methods of religious coping with these stresses have not been fully studied and are not clearly understood by religious leaders, churches, and the military enterprise.

Chapter Two provides a review of the literature pertaining to a working definition and discussion of religion, coping in general, the role of religion in coping, religious orienting systems and how they impact one’s coping patterns, religion’s role in well-being, resilience and coping, spiritual fitness, and military culture.

Chapter Three describes the research design, procedures for data collection, and methodology utilized to measure and understand the relationship between religious coping and resilience.

Chapter Four presents the results and interpretative analysis. The findings indicated a moderate positive correlation between religious coping and resilience. There were several significant correlations between the demographic and religious variables which offer insight into the relationship between religious coping and resilience.

Chapter Five offers observations, implications, and recommendations based on the findings of the research. The results are applied to the ministry of military chaplains, churches, religious organizations serving the military, and the defense enterprise in terms of improved solutions to better support senior military leaders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Forrester, Kevin
Commitee: Balmaceda, Vilma, Chan, Frank, Schepens, Bennett
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christiian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Leadership, Military stress, Religious coping, Religious orientation, Resilience, U.S. Army
Publication Number: 10744091
ISBN: 978-0-355-89032-7
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