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The role of faith in the experience of grief among sexually diverse individuals: a systematic review

The role of faith in the experience of grief among sexually diverse individuals: a systematic review

Pentaris, Panagiotis ORCID: 0000-0001-5593-8555, Patlamazoglou, Lefteris and Schaub, Jason (2022) The role of faith in the experience of grief among sexually diverse individuals: a systematic review. Psychology and Sexuality. ISSN 1941-9899 (Print), 1941-9902 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2022.2057869)

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Abstract

This Prisma-compliant review summarizes the intersections of faith, grief, and sexes, or sexualities. Following the protocol, the authors searched 11 electronic databases and three publisher collections. The search was limited to empirical research published in English between 1980 and July 2020 that explored the impact of faith, religion, or spirituality on the grief experiences of sexually diverse individuals. After reviewing abstracts and full texts, from a total of 5,670 papers, five met the selection criteria and were systematically reviewed and quality assessed using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme. Thematic analysis found that rituals and rites of passage were seen to assist the sexually diverse bereaved in maintaining valuable connections with the deceased, accepting the finality of the loss, accessing social support, and making meaning through bereavement. Prominent in the reviewed literature were the strategies of spiritual coping, primarily by facilitated personal and spiritual growth, beliefs in spiritual transcendence, and spiritual resources. Of particular note, was that all the studies were conducted in the ‘90s and did not include transgender or nonbinary participants leading to significant gaps in our understanding. Further research is needed to investigate the current interplay between faith and grief across gender identity and sexuality spectrums.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: systematic review; faith; religion; spirituality; grief; LGBTQIA+; sexually diverse
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Chronic Illness and Ageing
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Inequalities
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Vulnerable Children and Families
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Centre for Applied Sociology Research (CASR)
Last Modified: 23 May 2022 10:15
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/35686

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