Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging

Publisher: National Interfaith Coalition on Aging


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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Aspects of religiosity/spirituality are important to health and quality of life of cancer patients. The three components of religiosity of the Duke Religiosity Scale: organizational (religious affiliation and attendance); non-organizational (prayer, meditation, and private study); and intrinsic religiosity (identification with a higher power and integration of spiritual belief into daily life) are used to determine whether religiosity was associated with physical and/or mental functioning among older cancer survivors of the UAB Study of Aging. Church attendance was independently associated with lower ADL and IADL difficulty and fewer depressive symptoms, while intrinsic religiosity was independently associated with lower depression scores.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 10/2013; 25(4):311-325.
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    ABSTRACT: We examined perceptions of longevity and successful aging in young-old (60 to 74 years), old-old (75 to 89 years), and oldest-old (90 + years) adults drawn from the Louisiana Healthy Aging Study (LHAS). Participants' responses to three open-ended questions that assessed their attributions for longevity, what they look forward to, and advice for younger persons today were compared. Content analyses yielded three emergent themes: maintaining physical, mental, and relational well-being; living a healthy life; and living a faithful life. Implications of these findings for current views on successful aging and insights for promoting a long and healthy life are considered.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 10/2013; 25(4).
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    ABSTRACT: Volunteer provision of spiritual care in an Ontario, Canada, long-term care home was the focus of a case study regarding resident spiritual care needs in a municipal environment that does not fund professional chaplains. Scope of practice issues, spiritual care skills in long-term care, and diversity sensitivity were identified as key areas for volunteer education. Volunteer training modules were designed using Theological Reflection as the theoretical framework for spiritual care provision. An innovative model for sustainable spiritual care provision in long-term care is proposed, which relies upon leadership from a professional chaplain (staff or volunteer).
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2013; 25(3):216.
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    ABSTRACT: Numerous references are made in the literature to communities of faith, yet there have been relatively few efforts to measure them empirically. The purpose of this study is to address this gap in the literature by estimating a higher-order confirmatory factor model that consists of two tiers. Seven dimensions of church-based social support make up the first tier: emotional support received from rank-and-file church members, emotional support given to fellow church members, tangible support received from rank-and-file church members, tangible support given to fellow congregants, spiritual support received from fellow church members, emotional support received from a pastor, and tangible support received from a pastor. It is hypothesized that these first-order constructs are driven by a higher-order latent variable that denotes a community of faith. Data from a nationwide survey reveal that, for the sample taken as a whole, emotional support represents the way in which a community of faith is most likely to be manifest while tangible support is a less critical component. Moreover, the results indicate that a community of faith is more likely to reside in support exchanged among rank-and-file church members than support received from a pastor.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2013; 25(3):258-276.
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    ABSTRACT: Limited research has explored the measurement of forgiveness among middle-aged and older wives. Recall of past trangressions can lead to "damaging ruminations" that jeopardize one's spiritual peace (Callaby, Coleman, & Mills, 2012) and emotional well-being, making forgiveness more important. This online study examined the utility of the Enright Forgiveness Inventory (EFI) (Subkoviak et al., 1995) within a sample of 67 women. Participants completed the EFI, measures of religious coping, depression, anger, anxiety, and marital satisfaction. The EFI demonstrated sound psychometric properties. Forgiveness scores were inversely related to all constructs except religious coping, with which there was no significant relationship. Implications for future research are discussed.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2013; 25:344-357.
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    ABSTRACT: Research suggests that spirituality is important to a large percentage of the older adult population. Against the backdrop of a dramatic increase in the number of individuals living longer, particularly older women, it is vital that researchers explore the intersection of spirituality, gender, and aging. In this qualitative study of 16 women aged 82 and older, I explore using in-depth interviews experiences of spirituality over the lifecourse. A narrative analysis of the interviews was performed and provided insights into the nature of their spiritual experiences. The results are presented as an interpretation of the participants' perceptions of their spirituality and spiritual experiences. Additionally, a narrative analysis is used for the interpretation of the difficulty in describing these experiences and the opportunities and challenges the term "spirituality" provides for older adults and researchers. Five types of narratives that emerged from data are discussed. These common narratives include the narrative of: conflation, continuity, confidence, connection, and caring. Implications for understanding spirituality and the role it plays in the lives of older adults are considered.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2012; 24(3):179-201.
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    ABSTRACT: Eighty-six participants, 50 years and older, were given the Penn Inventory of Scrupulosity (PIOS) and the Attachment to God Inventory (AGI). Highly religious participants (Methodist or Baptist) responded to the instruments. Baptists appeared to fear sin and God to a greater degree than did Methodists. However, on the AGI, Methodists were lower on anxiety and higher on avoidance as compared to Baptists. Gender differences only appeared for fear of sin (PIOS) and avoidance (AGI). Males showed greater fear of sin and higher levels of avoidance than did females. None of the interactions reached statistically significant levels.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2011; Spirituality & Aging(Vol. 23):224-235.
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    ABSTRACT: This article reports the results of a survey of seminary students (pre- and post-aging course groups) regarding the issue of what they need and want from seminary courses in aging and theology. The author found increased perspectives on aging in the post-course group and lower appreciation for diversity in older adults in the pre-course group. Both groups reported a desire for deeper understandings of the aging process, help with integrating theology and practice, and practical resources for wise practice. The author argues for designing proactive, over reactive, ministry programs for older adults and employing imaginative paradigms in pedagogy.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2011; Spirituality & Aging(Vol. 23):33-49.
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    ABSTRACT: The future of scholarly work in the field of religion, spirituality, and aging will need to address the various ways baby boomers understand and experience religious faith and spiritual practices. A survey of the membership of the American Society on Aging and the National Interfaith Coalition on Aging resulted in 457 responses to an e-mail survey and found that about 54% consider themselves spiritual and religious (R + S), while about 33% call themselves spiritual but not religious (SnR). This study also examined how these professionals in the aging field rate the sources of meaning in their lives today and what they think will provide meaning in the future. For both the present and future, relationships were deemed most important. There were significant differences between the R + S and SnR group regarding their views of whether religious organizations in the future will be prepared to meet the religious and spiritual needs of aging baby boomers. This study discusses the ways that religion and spirituality impact areas of meaning and religious and spiritual practice. The future of scholarship and practice in this area needs to reflect the diversity of the aging population in terms of how persons understand and experience religiousness and spirituality.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2011; Spirituality & Aging(Vol. 23):50-61.
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    ABSTRACT: For ten years the Geriatric Social Work Initiative has advanced progressively evolving projects to increase gerontological curricular content and aging expertise in faculty. These efforts include the Geriatric Enrichment in Social Work Education (GeroRich) initiative, Curriculum Development Institutes, and the Partnership Program for Aging Education in field placements among others. All of these projects have benefited from Hartford Foundation funding. This article describes the models and lessons learned by one large Midwestern university as it implemented several aging related programs. A competency approach is suggested as effective strategy in curriculum design. Recommendations are provided to assist seminaries and religion programs in developing their own aging focus.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2011; Spirituality & Aging(Vol. 23):92-113.
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    ABSTRACT: Qualitative data were gathered during a spiritually focused intervention with older women. Participants (n = 36) had experienced some combination of childhood sexual or physical abuse, emotional abuse, domestic violence, and/or sexual assault over their life span. The women described an array of positive spiritual coping strategies, including their persistent action to find God by transcending negative or “man-made” images of God given to them by their religious traditions. They reported persistence in their faith journeys despite spiritual struggles with God, clergy, and their church communities. These findings have implications for mental health practitioners and clergy who work with older women.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2011; 23(4):318-337.