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Lundmark, Mikael
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Lundmark, M. (2019). Religiös och icke-religiös andlighet (3ed.). In: Febe Friberg, Joakim Öhlen (Ed.), Omvårdnadens grunder: perspektiv och förhållningssätt (pp. 509-537). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religiös och icke-religiös andlighet
2019 (Swedish)In: Omvårdnadens grunder: perspektiv och förhållningssätt / [ed] Febe Friberg, Joakim Öhlen, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019, 3, p. 509-537Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019 Edition: 3
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-162574 (URN)9789144123189 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-08-22 Created: 2019-08-22 Last updated: 2019-09-23Bibliographically approved
Lundmark, M. (2019). The Bible as coping tool: Its use and psychological functions in a sample of practicing Christians living with cancer. Archive for the Psychology of Religion/ Archiv für Religionspsychologie, 41(2), 141-158
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Bible as coping tool: Its use and psychological functions in a sample of practicing Christians living with cancer
2019 (English)In: Archive for the Psychology of Religion/ Archiv für Religionspsychologie, ISSN 0084-6724, E-ISSN 1573-6121, Vol. 41, no 2, p. 141-158Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study addresses the Bible as a coping tool in a sample of Swedish practising Christians living with cancer, gathered through a qualitative, in-depth interview study, on religious experiences and expressions that serve in the process of coping with a life situation changed by the disease. Through content analyses, and case studies combining tools from Pargament’s coping theory with, above all, role theory, it is shown that the Bible is a part of the coping process for approximately half of the informants. Furthermore, the Bible plays very different roles in the coping process, even for one single person. In the analyzed material, two different ways of using the Bible in the coping process occurs: Biblical passages as bearer of meaning for the informants, and the actual reading as such of the Bible. The former with two different functions in the coping process: (a) in the Biblical passages, see a direct appeal from God to the individual on a personal level and (b) a specific character in a Bible passage serves as an object of identification for the informant. In the coping process, the Bible provides coping tools for the identified coping methods meditative reading, role taking, and (re)interpretation of biblical passages (motivated by a religious tradition). As such, it mainly serves within the framework of the preserving comprehensive coping method. It is also shown that there are changes in the use of the Bible in connection with the changed life situation, as a result of the disease.

Keywords
Beliefs, cancer, coping, religion, religiosity
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
psychology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-164207 (URN)10.1177/0084672419871116 (DOI)000488479900001 ()
Available from: 2019-10-16 Created: 2019-10-16 Last updated: 2019-10-18Bibliographically approved
Lundmark, M. (2018). Församlingen och rollerna. Rollteoretiska och ecklesiologiska aspekter på själavård och församling. In: Jonas Ideström och Gunilla Löf Edberg (Ed.), Att öppna ett slutet rum. Självård och ecklesiologi: (pp. 169-194). Stockholm: Verbum Forlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Församlingen och rollerna. Rollteoretiska och ecklesiologiska aspekter på själavård och församling
2018 (Swedish)In: Att öppna ett slutet rum. Självård och ecklesiologi / [ed] Jonas Ideström och Gunilla Löf Edberg, Stockholm: Verbum Forlag, 2018, p. 169-194Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Verbum Forlag, 2018
Series
Forskning för kyrkan, ISSN 1652-8581 ; 39
Keywords
själavård ecklesiologi teologi
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-145688 (URN)978-91-526-3739-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-03-14 Created: 2018-03-14 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Lundmark, M. (2017). Religiositet och coping: religionspsykologiska studier av kristna med cancer. (Doctoral dissertation). Umeå: Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religiositet och coping: religionspsykologiska studier av kristna med cancer
2017 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates the interdependence of religiosity and a life situation changed by cancer, focusing especially on the coping process. This implies analyses of a number of identified expressions of religiosity regarding prerequisites and functions in the coping process. In order to synthesize the results from the studies, the aim has been operationalized into three comprehensive research questions that were posed to each of the empirical studies of the thesis: 1) What are the functions of the analysed expressions of religiosity during the coping process? 2) What prerequisites for the influence of religiosity on the coping process can be identified?  3) How is religiosity influenced by a life situation changed by cancer? The empirical studies are presented in four separate articles. Each of the studies has its own specific research questions that are related to the comprehensive research questions. The method was qualitative and explorative. The research material was gathered with qualitative interviews of 20 Swedish informants of varying gender, age, congregational affiliation and diagnosis. The informants defined themselves as Christians and practised their Christian faith and had or had had a cancer disease. There is longitudinal data from half of the group. The theoretical framework was based on the coping theories developed by Kenneth Pargament and Ruard Ganzevoort and complemented by, among other things, the object-relations theoretical concept of transitional objects.

The results show that most of the analysed expressions of religiosity function as a preserving coping method but some of them also function as a reconstructing coping method. In some cases, the expressions of religiosity also function as methods of attributing control, either to God or to the individual. Two main groups of prerequisites for the expressions of religiosity were identified in conjunction with the coping process: contextual and psychological. The former could in turn be divided into religious and medical contexts; the latter into several different kinds, such as perceptual psychological factors, the need to create and use transitional objects, locus of control, and personality traits. Reconstructing coping methods imply varying degrees of changes in the informants’ religiosity, both regarding the analysed expression of religiosity and other expressions of religiosity. In addition to gaining insights into the interdependence of religion and coping for Christians living with cancer, the study contributes to the development of the psychology of religion coping theory by adding to the theory: 1) suggested specifications to the current concepts of Pargament’s coping theory; 2) the concept coping tool; 3) the distinction between functional and relational regarding the concepts of coping mechanism and coping method; 4) the coping mechanism attributing, and 5) the distinction between unilateral and bilateral deferring coping styles. The results indicate that the coping process can include a creative element in the form of a search for, or creation of, functional coping methods and/or coping tools which enhance the functionality of the coping process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2017. p. 110
Keywords
psychology of religion, religious studies, coping, coping process, coping theosy, Christians, religiosity, cancer, religionspsykologi, religionsvetenskap, coping, copingprocess, copingteori, kristna, religiositet, cancer
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
psychology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-135078 (URN)978-91-7601-692-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-06-16, Hörsal E, humansithuset, Umeå universitet 901 87, Umeå, 13:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Funder
Swedish Cancer Society, CAN 2006/1181
Available from: 2017-05-24 Created: 2017-05-18 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Lundmark, M. (2016). Sanctification of health care interventions as a coping method. In: Andrew Village, Ralph Hood (Ed.), Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion: Volume 27 (pp. 1-23). Brill Academic Publishers, 27
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sanctification of health care interventions as a coping method
2016 (English)In: Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion: Volume 27 / [ed] Andrew Village, Ralph Hood, Brill Academic Publishers, 2016, Vol. 27, p. 1-23Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brill Academic Publishers, 2016
Series
Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, ISSN 1046-8064 ; 27
Keywords
coping, deferring coping style, health care interventions, psychology of religion, sanctification
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
psychology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102746 (URN)10.1163/9789004322035_002 (DOI)9789004322028 (ISBN)9789004322035 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-05-04 Created: 2015-05-04 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Lundmark, M. (2016). Suffering for others as religious meaning-making: varieties, prerequisites, and functions in the coping process of a sample of practising Christians living with cancer. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 19(6), 522-537
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Suffering for others as religious meaning-making: varieties, prerequisites, and functions in the coping process of a sample of practising Christians living with cancer
2016 (English)In: Mental Health, Religion & Culture, ISSN 1367-4676, E-ISSN 1469-9737, Vol. 19, no 6, p. 522-537Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The coping method suffering for others as religious meaning-making (SORM) is analysed regarding its varieties, prerequisites, and functions in a group (n = 10) of practising Christians living with cancer. In-depth interviews are featured in this qualitative, longitudinal study of the interdependence of religiosity and coping. A common feature of the analysed narratives is the idea that the informant's suffering would have – or at least had the potential to have – a positive effect on other individuals. This idea is identified as the "coping tool" of the coping method. Three different variants of SORM are identified, with a variety of prerequisites. The function in all cases is to conserve the significant object sense of meaning and, in some cases: survival. A case study is presented that shows how the coping method can be maintained over time by changing the coping tools of the method when they lose their efficacy in the coping process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2016
Keywords
psychology of religion, coping, religious meaning-making, suffering, cancer
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-123200 (URN)10.1080/13674676.2016.1207620 (DOI)000384410100003 ()
Funder
Swedish Cancer Society
Available from: 2016-06-28 Created: 2016-06-28 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Lundmark, M. (2015). Religious objects and the coping process: case studies on prayer cloths as transitional objects in religious coping. Archive for the Psychology of Religion/ Archiv für Religionspsychologie, 37(1), 54-83
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religious objects and the coping process: case studies on prayer cloths as transitional objects in religious coping
2015 (English)In: Archive for the Psychology of Religion/ Archiv für Religionspsychologie, ISSN 0084-6724, E-ISSN 1573-6121, Vol. 37, no 1, p. 54-83Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study addresses the psychological functions of physical religious objects in religious coping by presenting case studies on the use of prayer cloths. The cases are selected from a qualitative, in-depth interview study among Swedish practising Christians suffering from cancer, on religious experiences and expressions that serve in the process of coping with a life situation changed by the disease. It is argued that current psychological theories on coping and religion lack tools for understanding the role of physical religious objects in the process of religious coping. A theoretical framework that remedies this problem is suggested and applied to the case studies. The key feature of the theoretical framework is that it modifies and extends the coping theory of Kenneth Pargament by drawing on resources from object relations theory, especially the concept of "transitional object". The results suggests that the creation and/or handling of transitional objects is a reconstructing or preserving coping method, and that prayer cloths function as transitional objects when they (a) facilitate transition/movement between the inner subjective world and the outer objective world by being charged with significance, and (b) function as a coping tool for conserving this significance.

Keywords
psychology of religion, coping, object relations theory, transitional objects, prayer cloths, religious objects
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
psychology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100892 (URN)10.1163/15736121-12341301 (DOI)000350898600004 ()
Available from: 2015-03-12 Created: 2015-03-12 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Lundmark, M. (2014). Religiös och icke-religiös andlighet (2ed.). In: F. Friberg & J. Öhlen (Ed.), Omvårdnadens grunder. Perspektiv och förhållningssätt. Andra upplagan.: (pp. 237-266). Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religiös och icke-religiös andlighet
2014 (Swedish)In: Omvårdnadens grunder. Perspektiv och förhållningssätt. Andra upplagan. / [ed] F. Friberg & J. Öhlen, Studentlitteratur AB, 2014, 2, p. 237-266Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Studentlitteratur AB, 2014 Edition: 2
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100891 (URN)978-91-44-08353-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-03-12 Created: 2015-03-12 Last updated: 2018-06-07
Lundmark, M. (2010). When Mrs B met Jesus during radiotherapy: a single case study of a christic vision : psychological prerequisites and functions and considerations on narrative methodology. Archive for the Psychology of Religion/ Archiv für Religionspsychologie, 32(1), 27-68
Open this publication in new window or tab >>When Mrs B met Jesus during radiotherapy: a single case study of a christic vision : psychological prerequisites and functions and considerations on narrative methodology
2010 (English)In: Archive for the Psychology of Religion/ Archiv für Religionspsychologie, ISSN 0084-6724, E-ISSN 1573-6121, Vol. 32, no 1, p. 27-68Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study analyses a Christic vision, perceived by a woman during a radiotherapy session against  her cervix cancer. A detailed description of the vision is presented based on a photographic documentation of the radiotherapy room, a painting of the vision made by the visionary herself and narratives, retold two weeks after the vision, and again, one year later. Perceptual, social, and psychodynamic psychological theories are used to analyze the psychological prerequisites of the vision. It is shown that the vision is, in psychological terms, an illusion rather than a hallucination. Different possible origin mechanisms to the vision are discussed as well as why the vision is attributed to Jesus. The psychological function of the vision is analyzed with regard to the visionary's religious behavior and the role of this experience in coping with the cancer disease. It is argued that the visionary's religious commitment is being strengthened and that the vision functions as a catalyst for already formed religious coping mechanisms. It also initiates at least one new kind of religious coping mechanism in the visionary's coping system. A critical discussion of methods in research concerning narratives of religious experiences is done in the light of the results of the analyses undertaken in this paper where some problems with deep interviews conducted at one point in time is highlighted. This kind of data collection appears more fragile when attempting to explain a phenomenon in terms of cause and events (in this case: the psychological prerequisites of the vision) than when trying to understand a phenomenon (in this case: the psychological function of the vision).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brill Academic Publishers, 2010
Keywords
Jesus, apparition, Christic vision, vision, illusion, hallucination, coping, narrative, methodology, radiotherapy, cancer, faith, religion
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
psychology of religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-36706 (URN)10.1163/008467210X12626615185667 (DOI)000289727400003 ()
Available from: 2010-10-08 Created: 2010-10-08 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Lundmark, M. (2007). Vocation in Theology-Based Nursing Theories. Nursing Ethics, 14(6), 767-780
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vocation in Theology-Based Nursing Theories
2007 (English)In: Nursing Ethics, ISSN 0969-7330, Vol. 14, no 6, p. 767-780Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-16960 (URN)doi:10.1177/0969733007082117 (DOI)
Available from: 2008-01-12 Created: 2008-01-12 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
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