Date of Award

Spring 2009

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Saunders, Stephen

Second Advisor

de St. Aubin, Ed.

Third Advisor

Wierzbicki, Michael


When faced with significant or minor negative life events, many people look to spirituality as a resource for effective coping. Larson and Larson (2003) reviewed studies investigating spiritual coping and found that a large proportion of mental health patients tum to their spiritual community and to their relationship with God for comfort. They further emphasized that mental health professionals must recognize the value of spiritual care in order to meet the religious and spiritual needs of mental health patients (Larson & Larson, 2003). Spiritual coping has received increased attention in the field of psychology as researchers attempt to understand the relationship that exists between spirituality and mental health (Graham, Furr, Flowers, & Burke, 2001; Mascaro & Rosen, 2006; Young, Cashwell, & Scherbakova, 2000). In addition to providing a buffer to stress reactions, spirituality has proven to be a valuable resource in coping post-trauma (Fallot & Heckman, 2005; Reinert & Bloomingdale, 1999; Matheis, Tulsky, & Matheis, 2006; Tasker, 2003)...



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