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Christians with chronic complex trauma and relationally focused spiritual difficulties: a conversational model perspective

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Proctor, M-T and Cleary, M and Kornhaber, R and McLean, L, Christians with chronic complex trauma and relationally focused spiritual difficulties: a conversational model perspective, Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 21, (2) pp. 77-110. ISSN 1934-9637 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/19349637.2018.1460228

Abstract

This single-case study explored associations between relational trauma experienced during childhood and relationally focused spiritual difficulties encountered during adulthood. Fifteen initial therapy transcripts of a 57-year-old female Christian with complex trauma were analyzed. Relational experiences included: (a) "eating their young" (early developmental context); (b) "broken-winged chick" (sense of self); (c) "wounded sparrow" (self in relation to God); (d) "faltering in flight" (relationship with God); and (e) "at the fringe of the flock" (relationship with Christian community). Childhood relational trauma was far reaching in its long-term psycho-spiritual effects, adversely impacting sense of personhood, relational capacity, reflective functioning, and broader coping.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:alienation, Christian, chronic complex trauma, connection, conversational model, disconnection, disorder of self; qualitative, relational spirituality, togetherness
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Mental Health Services
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
ID Code:125667
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-04-28
Last Modified:2019-09-09
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