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Religious meaning making and attachment in a disaster context: A longitudinal qualitative study of flood survivors
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Number of Authors: 92019 (English)In: Journal of Positive Psychology, ISSN 1743-9760, E-ISSN 1743-9779, Vol. 14, no 5, p. 659-671Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The goal of this longitudinal qualitative study was to develop a grounded theory of religious meaning making and attachment in a disaster context. At 1-month (T1; n = 36) and 6-months postdisaster (T2; n = 29), we conducted in-depth interviews with a highly religious sample of adult survivors of the 2016 Louisiana flood, using a disaster-adapted version of the Religious Attachment Interview. We utilized Corbin and Strauss's grounded-theory approach for data analysis. At both timepoints, results revealed that survivors who were theistic believers engaged in postdisaster religious meaning making in which they drew on benevolent God representations and theodicies to appraise the disaster's cause, purpose, and religious-attachment effects, thereby contributing to positive religious-attachment outcomes (religious meanings made; e.g. renewed beliefs and experiences of God's benevolence and providence). Findings are discussed in terms of theories and research on disasters, meaning making, and religious attachment, including implications for research and practice.

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2019. Vol. 14, no 5, p. 659-671
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Disasters, religion and spirituality, meaning making, attachment, qualitative
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-171936DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2018.1519592ISI: 000477901100011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-171936DiVA, id: diva2:1349276
Available from: 2019-09-08 Created: 2019-09-08 Last updated: 2019-09-08Bibliographically approved

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