Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Counselling Psychology Quarterly

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Counselling Psychology Quarterly

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Parera, S., & Frazicr, R A.

Changes in religiosity and spirituality following potentially traumatic events.

Published online. (2013)

Most research related to religion and trauma focuses on how religion is helpful for coping with a traumatic event. However, investigating the impact that challenges in lite have on one's religious or spiritual beliefs may be helpful in understanding why some people experience negative outcomes and others experience positive outcomes following a traumatic event. The current study set out to investigate the positive and negative changes in college students who have had a potentially traumatic experience. They also included a control group so that they could control for changes that occur naturally during the college years of life. They expected that both negative and positive changes in spirituality would be associated with greater distress.

Participants were undergraduate college students who were taken from a larger sample set and experienced a potentially traumatic event in a two-month period (n = 122). The control group consisted of 1.22 matched participants who did not experience a potentially traumatic event. In order to determine who was exposed to a traumatic event, participants completed the Traumatic Life Events Questionnaire, which consisted of a list of possibly traumatic events. …

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