An Exploration of Health and Religion in Elderly People Through the Lens of Scriptural Reminiscence

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Abstract

An extensive body of quantitative research associates well-being in later life with religious involvement. This article reports on a pilot study of one specific aspect of religious involvement hitherto insuf- ficiently investigated, namely, Scriptural Reminiscence (SR). SR is the interpreting of biography in the light of Scripture in recognition of Scripture's unique place in the self-as-narrative of older people of faith. The study was of two small groups of older people meet- ing weekly over a six-week period with a follow-up focus group to explore SR, their faith journey, practice of religion, and mental health. The qualitative findings are reported in this article.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-54
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging
Volume24
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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