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Strategies to Cope with Phases of Spiritual Dryness in Seventh-Day Adventists.

Authors
  • Büssing, Arndt1, 2
  • Starck, Lorethy3
  • van Treeck, Klaus3, 4
  • 1 Professorship Quality of Life, Spirituality and Coping, Institute of Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Health, Witten/Herdecke University, Gerhard-Kienle Weg 4, 58313, Herdecke, Germany. [email protected] , (Germany)
  • 2 IUNCTUS - Competence Center for Christian Spirituality, Philosophical-Theological Academy, 48149, Münster, Germany. [email protected] , (Germany)
  • 3 Institute for Holistic Wellbeing and Resilience, Bremen, 28215, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 4 Institute of Continuing Education of Seventh-Day-Adventists (IfW), Hannover, 30519, Germany. , (Germany)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Religion and Health
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2021
Volume
60
Issue
2
Pages
1281–1304
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10943-020-01093-6
PMID: 33128707
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In Adventists (n = 603) 45% were less effective and 55% more effective in coping with phases of spiritual dryness, particularly those with leading roles in the church. Strategies such as devotion/trust in God, private prayer/meditation/scripture reading, openness, talks with close others, and self-care were most often utilized. Their ability to cope was predicted best by low Acedia, Living from the Faith, low emotional exhaustion, well-being and having a duty in the church (R2 = .24). When these phases were overcome, several perceived spiritual depth and were able to help others all the more. Helpful strategies should be made available to support persons struggling with spiritual dryness.

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