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Sustained by the Sacred: Religious and Spiritual Factors for Resilience in Adulthood and Aging

  • Serena WongEmail author
  • Kenneth I. Pargament
  • Carol Ann Faigin
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Abstract

There are many sources of strength when stressful events occur throughout life. Psychologists have identified factors such as social support, positive emotions, and self-compassion that contribute to resilience. Religion and spirituality offer an additional dimension in coping with adversity: the sacred . We argue that an integrated connection with the sacred is essential for accessing unique reservoirs of strength in difficult times. Religious resources serve as lifelines that route individuals towards wellbeing. On the other hand, unrelenting spiritual struggles can compound stress or exacerbate difficulties. Thus it is critical to assess the nature of one’s relationship with the sacred. In doing so, targeted interventions to build spiritual resilience and decrease spiritual risk factors can be applied at different points throughout adulthood and aging.

Keywords

Resilience Religion Spirituality Sacred Religious resources 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Serena Wong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kenneth I. Pargament
    • 1
  • Carol Ann Faigin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA
  2. 2.River Tree Health PartnersReadfieldUSA

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