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Prayed up: A qualitative exploration of disaster chaplaincy


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The experiences of faith leaders serving as disaster chaplains were explored using a phenomenological tradition of inquiry. Data collection included In-depth interviews and review of documents associated with existing disaster chaplaincy training programs. Four research questions were explored with the goal of discovering how faith leaders could be better prepared to function as disaster chaplains within a secular (non-religious) disaster response workforce: (1) How do disaster chaplains view the similarities or differences of their work when compared to disaster mental health professionals? (2) What professional and/or personal competencies do disaster chaplains need to be effective? (3) How does the experience of working in disaster response impact the disaster chaplain? (4) How can the experiences of disaster chaplains inform development of training for new and experienced people in this role?

Results showed that disaster chaplains viewed their role in spiritual care provision as complementary but distinctly different than that of mental health, while planners conceptualized it as a sub-specialty of disaster mental health. The themes that emerged from the experiences of disaster chaplains were used to construct a model of preparedness that can guide selection, recruitment and training of disaster chaplains. Chaplains identified several personal characteristics that could guide faith leaders as they self-select or are recruited for this work. Their experiences also led to identification of knowledge and skills that helped them fulfill their role. The most experienced disaster chaplains placed the greatest value on personal psychological, emotional, and spiritual preparation for the work.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Clergy;
Adult education;
Continuing education
Classification
0319: Clergy
0516: Adult education
0516: Continuing education
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology, Education, Chaplain, Disaster chaplaincy, Faith leaders
Title
Prayed up: A qualitative exploration of disaster chaplaincy
Author
Bulling, Denise J.
Number of pages
136
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 67/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542864070
Advisor
DeFrain, John
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3233743
ProQuest document ID
305275906
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305275906
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