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Title: Understanding the role of religion and culture on bereavement outcomes and relationships with the deceased
Author: Hussein , Hanan Hany
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2007
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A literature review is first presented in which both quantitative and qualitative studies are reviewed in the area of religious coping and outcome. The main findings o fthe review were centrality of the bereaved person's relationship with God. Spiritual support coping and benevolent God reappraisals were associated with positive outcomes, while religious discontent and punishing God reappraisals were associated with poorer outcomes. Implications for future work and therapeutic interventions are discussed. The second part was a research study concerning the nature of relationships to deceased relatives in a sample of British Muslims of Pakistani origin. Ten participants1 were interviewed through a semi-structured interview schedule following the cultural psychology model, the transcriptions of which were analysed through grounded theory methodology. Talking with others about the deceased, following the deceased's example and helping the deceased following their death were forms of continued relationship found. These were intertwined with a process of grieving and were influenced by the frameworks of family, culture and religion. Limitations of the study, implications for future research, adjustment and interventions are discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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