, Volume 51, Issue 4, pp 1347-1358
Date: 16 Mar 2011

We were Chosen as a Family: Parents’ Evolving Use of Religion when Their Child has Cystic Fibrosis

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Abstract

Parental coping with new CF diagnoses often includes religion; however, little is known about how the use of religion changes over time. Longitudinal grounded theory method, in which parents were interviewed twice the 2 years after their child’s diagnosis, was used. Parents constructed the meaning that parenting a child with CF is their vocation, in accordance with “God’s plan.” A shift from isolation to an outward focus and reentry into the community was clear. The use of faith evolved over time and continues to be a source of support and hope for parents. Clinical implications of parental religion are discussed.