Jonathan Lall

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Honors Thesis


Although there have been studies conducted on the relationship between aspects of religiosity and spirituality, and pain perception and management, a gap in research becomes evident when considering the relationship between spirituality and pain resiliency, particularly in the geriatric population. Spirituality has been shown to play a fundamental role in overall pain management of a patient. Understanding the relationship between pain resiliency and spirituality can possibly change how we educate patients on resiliency of pain. Therefore, the purpose of the study is to examine relationships between an individual’s spirituality and their resilience to chronic pain. Forty-two subjects from a church in south-central USA participated in this study. A survey was administered to assess the age, presence of chronic pain lasting 6 or more months, membership at a Protestant church/religious organization, spirituality, and pain resiliency. Based on survey responses, the majority of the subjects exhibit a relatively high degree of positive spiritual coping beliefs, high pain resiliency, high behavioral perseverance, high Cognitive/Affective Positivity, and low negative spiritual coping beliefs. This study’s findings promote an increased emphasis on the spiritual component of holistic care within medical professions, including the use of spiritual care as a nonpharmacological, noninvasive approach to aide in the treatment of chronic pain.

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