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Qual Health Res. 2013 Apr;23(4):568-75. doi: 10.1177/1049732312471730. Epub 2013 Jan 2.

Navigating hardships in old age: exploring the relationship between spirituality and resilience in later life.

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Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA. lydia.manning@duke.edu

Abstract

Research suggests that spirituality is important to a large percentage of the older adult population and serves as a promoter of healthy aging. In this qualitative research I conducted and analyzed multiple interviews with 6 women aged 80 and older. Using multiple in-depth interviews I explored the interplay between spirituality and resilience over the life course. A grounded theory analysis of the 30 interviews was performed. The major finding is that participants used their spirituality as a tool to promote and maintain resilience in later life. I present the results as an interpretation of the participants' perceptions of their spirituality, and indicate their reliance on spirituality to overcome hardship over the life course. In addition, I discuss the connections between spirituality and resilience. The roles these two constructs play in the lives of older adults are considered.

PMID:
23282796
PMCID:
PMC3578989
DOI:
10.1177/1049732312471730
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