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We were chosen as a family: parents' evolving use of religion when their child has cystic fibrosis

Daniel H Grossoehme, Judith R Ragsdale, Amy Snow, Michael Seid
Journal of Religion and Health 2012, 51 (4): 1347-58
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Parental coping with new CF diagnoses often includes religion; however, little is known about how the use of religion changes over time. Longitudinal grounded theory method, in which parents were interviewed twice the 2 years after their child's diagnosis, was used. Parents constructed the meaning that parenting a child with CF is their vocation, in accordance with "God's plan." A shift from isolation to an outward focus and reentry into the community was clear. The use of faith evolved over time and continues to be a source of support and hope for parents. Clinical implications of parental religion are discussed.

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