Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 51, Issue 4, pp 1347–1358

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

  • Daniel H. Grossoehme
  • Judith R. Ragsdale
  • Amy Snow
  • Michael Seid


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.


Cystic fibrosis Parents Coping Religion Diagnosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel H. Grossoehme
    • 1
    • 2
  • Judith R. Ragsdale
    • 2
  • Amy Snow
    • 2
  • Michael Seid
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Pulmonary MedicineCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pastoral CareCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA
  3. 3.James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems ExcellenceCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA

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