"I Honestly Believe God Keeps me Healthy so I Can Take Care of My Child": Parental Use of Faith Related to Treatment Adherence

Daniel H. Grossoehme, Sian Cotton, Judy Ragsdale, Alexandra L. Quittner, Gary McPhail, Michael Seid

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A limited number of studies address parental faith and its relationship to their children's health. Using cystic fibrosis as a disease exemplar in which religion/spirituality have been shown to play a role and parental health behaviors (adherence to their child's daily recommended home treatments) are important, this study explored whether parents with different levels of adherence would describe use of faith differently. Twenty-five interviews were completed and analyzed using grounded theory methodology. Some parents described no relationship between faith and treatment adherence. However, of those who did, higher-adherence parents believed God empowered them to care for their child and they used prayer to change themselves, while lower-adherence parents described trusting God to care for their child and used prayer to change God. Clinical implications for chaplains' differential engagement with parents are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-78
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of health care chaplaincy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013



  • adherence
  • cystic fibrosis
  • parents
  • religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Religious studies

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