Advisory Committee Chair
Advisory Committee Members
Beverly R Williams
Date of Award
Degree Name by School
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) College of Arts and Sciences
Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic, life threatening genetic disorder involving complex medical treatments and numerous psychosocial stressors affecting both the patient and his or her family. Spiritual coping strategies provide useful means to solving problems, developing a sense of control, and making meaning of negative events and have been shown to be useful for people living with chronic illness. This qualitative study focused on the use of spiritual coping strategies and the subjective impact of using such strategies for 15 adolescents with cystic fibrosis and their parents. Thematic analysis identified themes regarding personal and collective spiritual coping strategies, the impact of spiritual coping on participants’ emotional and spiritual well-being, and the perceived impact on physical health. Parents and teens endorsed similar coping strategies, though teens placed more importance on collective religious strategies such as turning to spiritual supports and use of religious texts and materials.
Jagielski, Christina Helen, "God is always there for me: Spiritual coping in adolescents with cystic fibrosis and their parents - A qualitative study" (2017). All ETDs from UAB. 2025.