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Title: The Association Between Spirituality and Depression in Parents Caring for Children with Developmental Disabilities: Social Support and/or Last Resort
Author(s): Gallagher, Stephen
Phillips, Anna C
Lee, Helen
Carroll, Douglas
Contact Email: a.c.whittaker@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: coping
depression
social support
spirituality
Issue Date: Feb-2015
Citation: Gallagher S, Phillips AC, Lee H & Carroll D (2015) The Association Between Spirituality and Depression in Parents Caring for Children with Developmental Disabilities: Social Support and/or Last Resort. Journal of Religion and Health, 54 (1), pp. 358-370. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-014-9839-x
Abstract: Associations between spirituality and depression were examined in parents of children with developmental disabilities using both quantitative and qualitative methodology. Spirituality was positively associated with depression, whereas social support was negatively related; parents with higher spiritual beliefs and lower levels of support had higher depression scores. Themes emerging from interviews were spiritual/religious coping as a way of dealing with difficulty, as a last resort, and as a form of release from their situation. Associations between spirituality and depression in these parents are more complex than previously thought.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s10943-014-9839-x
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