Religious and Spiritual Struggles – Current State of Research and Joint Research Project between Clinical Psychology and Psychology of Religion

Noth, Isabelle; Znoj, Hansjörg; Lampe, Jessica (2 September 2019). Religious and Spiritual Struggles – Current State of Research and Joint Research Project between Clinical Psychology and Psychology of Religion (Unpublished). In: International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR) Conference. Gdansk, Poland. 31.08.-03.09.2019.

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We present a 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 et al., 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/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. We conclude 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. Our study on Religious Coping Styles among People Dealing with Internal Religious and Spiritual Struggles tries to fill this gap, on a conceptual, empirical, and psychological levels. The joint research project between clinical psychology and psychology of religion will not focus on a specific faith/belief-system but open the question to any r/s experience that may be perceived as helpful in dealing with internal r/s conflicts.
 Presenter: Prof. Isabelle Noth, Dr. theol. habil., BSc Psychology, Department of Spiritual Care, Psychology of Religion, and Religious Education, Theological Faculty, University of Bern / Switzerland. Email: isabelle.noth@theol.unibe.ch Co-Authors: Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Znoj, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, University of Bern / Switzerland. Email: hansjoerg.znoj@psy.unibe.ch Dr. Jessica Lampe, Department of Spiritual Care, Psychology of Religion, and Religious Education, Theological Faculty, University of Bern / Switzerland. Email: jessica.lampe@theol.unibe.ch

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Practical Theology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Psychological and Behavioral Health
01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology [disontinued] > Institute of Practical Theology [discontinued] > Pastoral Care, Religious Psychology and Religious Education [discontinued]

UniBE Contributor:

Noth, Isabelle; Znoj, Hans Jörg and Lampe, Jessica Frances

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
200 Religion > 250 Christian pastoral practice & religious orders

Language:

English

Submitter:

Isabelle Noth

Date Deposited:

04 Sep 2019 17:23

Last Modified:

04 Sep 2019 17:23

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URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/132939

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