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Increased congregational support for parents of children with cystic fibrosis

Rhonda D Szczesniak, Yuanshu Zou, J Denise Wetzel, Neal Krause, Daniel H Grossoehme
Journal of Religion and Health 2015, 54 (2): 664-75
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Positive health outcomes are related to adults' religious congregational participation. For parents of children with chronic disease, structured daily care routines and/or strict infection control precautions may limit participation. For this exploratory study, we examined the relationship between congregational support and religious coping by parents of children with cystic fibrosis (CF) compared to parents for whom child health issues were not significant stressors. CF parents reported higher levels of emotional support from congregation members and use of religious coping. Within-group differences were found for CF parents by denominational affiliation. Congregational support for parents dealing with child chronic disease is important.

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