Religious and Spiritual Conflicts: A Psychological Perspective

Noth, Isabelle; Lampe, Jessica (2020). Religious and Spiritual Conflicts: A Psychological Perspective. Pastoral psychology, 69(2), pp. 135-147. Springer 10.1007/s11089-020-00900-x

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We present a brief history of research on religious and spiritual struggles and of the development of their typology and measurement by means of the Religious and Spiritual Struggles Scale (Exline, Pargament, Grubbs, & Yali, 2014). Following a terminological clarification of the terms religiousness and spirituality, which are often used interchangeably, an overview of the current state of research in the field of religious and spiritual conflicts is given on the basis of fundamental contributions, especially by one of the main pioneers in this field, the US-American psychologist Julie Juola Exline. With research so far having most extensively focused on American samples, various cultural and social backgrounds are recently starting to be explored, as it cannot be assumed that results from one society can be readily transferred to other, e.g., more secular, societies. The article concludes with a discussion of the findings and an outlook on research desiderata, especially for the European context, where a lack of data is still evident.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Practical Theology
01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology [discontinued] > Institute of Practical Theology [discontinued] > Pastoral Care, Psychology of Religion and Religious Education [discontinued]

UniBE Contributor:

Noth, Isabelle and Lampe, Jessica Frances

Subjects:

200 Religion > 250 Christian pastoral practice & religious orders

ISSN:

0031-2789

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Isabelle Noth

Date Deposited:

19 Jul 2019 10:45

Last Modified:

17 Jun 2020 16:24

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11089-020-00900-x

Uncontrolled Keywords:

religious conflict, religious struggle, spiritual conflict, spiritual struggle, the religious and spiritual struggles scale (RSS Scale)

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.130372

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/130372

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