Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 358–370

The Association Between Spirituality and Depression in Parents Caring for Children with Developmental Disabilities: Social Support and/or Last Resort

  • Stephen Gallagher
  • Anna C. Phillips
  • Helen Lee
  • Douglas Carroll
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10943-014-9839-x

Cite this article as:
Gallagher, S., Phillips, A.C., Lee, H. et al. J Relig Health (2015) 54: 358. doi: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.

Keywords

Coping Depression Social support Spirituality 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Gallagher
    • 1
  • Anna C. Phillips
    • 2
  • Helen Lee
    • 3
  • Douglas Carroll
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Centre for Social Issues Research PsychologyUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2.School of Sport and Exercise SciencesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  3. 3.Psychology and Mental HealthStaffordshire UniversityStoke-on-TrentUK

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