Coping with breast cancer: The roles of clergy and faith

This paper describes the experiences of 103 breast cancer patients with home pastors and hospital chaplains. Attention was directed at the activities of clergy, the degree to which religious and nonreligious interactions were satisfying to the women, and how these related to their personal faith ori...

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Published in:Journal of religion and health
Authors: Johnson, Sarah C. ; Spilka, Bernard 1926-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science + Business Media B. V. [1991]
In: Journal of religion and health
Further subjects:B Sexual Identity
B Breast Cancer Patient
B Cancer Patient
B Breast Cancer
B Important Resource
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:This paper describes the experiences of 103 breast cancer patients with home pastors and hospital chaplains. Attention was directed at the activities of clergy, the degree to which religious and nonreligious interactions were satisfying to the women, and how these related to their personal faith orientation. Because of the issues of sexual identity and attractiveness entailed by breast cancer, the role of female clergy was also explored. It is evident that religion is an extremely important resource for the majority of these breast cancer patients, and an intrinsic religious orientation helps one cope with breast cancer.
ISSN:1573-6571
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion and health
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/BF00986676