Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 301–312

Religion and children with disabilities

  • Tess Bennett
  • Deborah A. Deluca
  • Robin W. Allen

DOI: 10.1007/BF02248739

Cite this article as:
Bennett, T., Deluca, D.A. & Allen, R.W. J Relig Health (1995) 34: 301. doi:10.1007/BF02248739


Religion as a personal coping resource used by parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities has received some attention in recent literature. This exploratory study involved indepth interviews of 12 parents who had children with disabilities ranging in age from 15 months to 30 years. The ways in which religion can be used as a coping resource across the life-cycle are exemplified through excerpts from these interviews. Prayer, church attendance, and specific religious beliefs were identified as sources of support which helped some parents feel a growing sense of hope and strength. Suggestions for future research are discussed.

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  • Tess Bennett
  • Deborah A. Deluca
  • Robin W. Allen

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