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ERIC Number: EJ908730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-3552
Religiosity and Spirituality among Persons with Spinal Cord Injury: Attitudes, Beliefs, and Practices
Marini, Irmo; Glover-Graf, Noreen M.
Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, v54 n2 p82-92 Jan 2011
A total of 157 persons with spinal cord injury completed the "Spirituality and Spinal Cord Injury Survey" in relation to their spiritual and/or religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices in terms of adapting to their disability. Factor analysis accounting for 69% of the variance revealed four factors related to Spiritual Help and Improvement (36%), Spiritual Decline (22%), Punishment/Atonement (6%), and Body/Mind Improvements (5%). Participants were further classified by time since injury, which statistically indicated that some individuals tend to become more focused on religious or spiritual practices and beliefs regarding cure soon after injury; however, these behaviors and beliefs tend to dissipate over time. The majority of participants expressed overall satisfaction with God or a Spiritual Power (G/SP) and that G/SP helped them cope, gave them meaning, and was a source of happiness in their lives. Implications for rehabilitation counselors and educators are discussed. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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