Aspects of Spirituality in the Narratives of Persons with Acquired Brain Injury

By Kathleen Torsney.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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This project investigated the role of spirituality in the narratives of persons recovering from brain injuries through the grounded theory method of analysis. 30 narratives (10 oral, 10 published and 10 Internet) were coded for themes of loss of self, agency and communication. The presence of aspects of faith in the narratives was significant. The results of the study indicated a significant interaction between type of narrative and gratitude, meaning, and redemptive imagery. The findings of the study may be used to help develop appropriate interventions for persons who have experienced brain injuries and other life changing traumatic events.

Keywords: Narrative Analysis, Search for Meaning, Coping with Loss

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.79-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 747.185KB).

Dr. Kathleen Torsney

Associate Professor, Psychology Department, William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, USA

Kathleen Torsney, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Her work has been published in a number of peer reviewed journals and she has presented at many national and international conferences. Dr. Torsney has a great deal of experience working with individuals who are recovering from trauma and loss and she is interested in the role of identity formation and spirituality in recovery. Dr. Torsney is also a licensed psychologist and a licensed professional counselor.