Exploring religious coping post-stroke and post-heart attack using a phenomenological comparison approach [electronic resource] / Antonius D. Skipper
- Skipper, Antonius D.
- London : SAGE Publications Ltd, 2017.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource
- SAGE Research Methods. Cases. Part 2
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- In an advanced qualitative research methods course, I was challenged with the task of conducting a pilot study for my proposed dissertation. With an interest in the health and coping of older African Americans, frequently underserved in relation to existing research, I sought to qualitatively analyze the interviews of two individuals who had previously experienced a major health diagnosis. More specifically, with the extant literature on the role of religious coping for those with cancer, my study sought to conduct a phenomenological comparison of the religious coping habits for someone who had survived a stroke and someone who had survived a heart attack. This case study describes the methodological strengths, weaknesses, and lessons of qualitatively comparing a small sample of older adults with varying health conditions. The case acknowledges some inherent obstacles associated with the sample, as well as approaches that could have been better implemented. Although the intended focus of the study was to describe the differences in religious coping based on the health condition of each participant, the salience of religiosity clouded any differences and made it difficult to compare the two. In addition, there were issues related to credibility in the oral history approach.
- 9781473977808 (ebook)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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