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The Bible as coping tool: Its use and psychological functions in a sample of practicing Christians living with cancer
Umeå universitet, Humanistiska fakulteten, Institutionen för idé- och samhällsstudier.
2019 (Engelska)Ingår i: Archive for the Psychology of Religion/ Archiv für Religionspsychologie, ISSN 0084-6724, E-ISSN 1573-6121, Vol. 41, nr 2, s. 141-158Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) 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.

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2019. Vol. 41, nr 2, s. 141-158
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Beliefs, cancer, coping, religion, religiosity
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Religionsvetenskap
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religionspsykologi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-164207DOI: 10.1177/0084672419871116ISI: 000488479900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-164207DiVA, id: diva2:1361617
Tillgänglig från: 2019-10-16 Skapad: 2019-10-16 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-10-18Bibliografiskt granskad

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