Purpose. The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experience of people who experienced adversities such as mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, physical illness, violence and poverty. The aim of the study was to discover how religion helped these individuals to be competent under stress, and how religion helped individuals who were dysfunctional to 'bounce back' and become resilient.
Method. A purposeful sample of twelve individuals who had experienced adversities, and who were exemplars of the phenomena of resilience, were used in the study. The phenomenological approach was used because it is concerned with wholeness, and a strictly descriptive approach was used to allow the participants to speak for themselves.
Major findings. The data indicated that intrinsic religion motivated the individuals. God was the center of their lives and faith was the highest value to them. Dysfunctional behavior and dysfunctional thought processing were changed when a personal relationship was developed with God.
|Advisor:||Tootle, A. Eugene|
|School:||Barry University - Adrian Dominican School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-B 73/01, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Mental health, Counseling Psychology|
|Keywords:||Adversities, Coping, Influence of religion on adversities, Overcoming adversities, Protective factors, Resilience|
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