Impact of Spiritual Counseling for African American Young Adults with Sickle Cell Disease

Full Title
Impact of Spiritual Counseling for African American Young Adults with Sickle Cell Disease
Author
R. Lorraine Brown D.Min.
ORCID
0000-0002-5160-6868
Abstract
The author researched how African Americans, age 18-28, who received care for sickle cell disease (SCD), were impacted by intentional sharing of clinic-based spiritual counseling. This spiritual intervention addressed the often unspoken concerns of this population. Understanding spirituality, while managing the many facets of SCD, is vital for holistic health. Participants found themselves at critical junctures in their spiritual development - seeking, exploring, even questioning - how spirituality plays a role in their overall well-being. The project collected both qualitative and quantitative data through a chaplain interventionist. The chaplain met 1:1 with participants to share strategies for increasing everyday coping and self-efficacy. The participants found spiritual care to be necessary and helpful as they navigated their daily lives and sickle cell disease. The author came to realize to truly be effective, an in-depth longitudinal study is needed for true impact.
Degree Granting Institution
Country
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Major
Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations
Type of Work
D.Min. Project
Advisor
Mark R. Teasdale Ph.D.
Reginald Blount Ph.D.
Language
English
Date
2020
Number of Pages
98
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