Spirituality and Coping

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Spirituality and Coping Rosa M. Gallegos New Mexico Highlands University Abstract This paper was written to inform the reader of the relationship between spirituality and coping. It will share with you the findings of studies done on the subject matter, information within the course textbook that correlates to this relationship, and statistics that explain the significance of spirituality in New Mexico. In Social Work, we focus on the well being of a person. In order for us to help a person to reach maximum wellness, we must understand the relationship between the mind, body, and spirit. In our education of the social work field, we have a plethora of information regarding the mind and the body but the spiritual aspect of a person isn't always quite as factual. Spirituality can be defined as a quest to find the meaning to life, peace of mind, and wholeness. Most people gain a sense of spirituality when they encounter life's hardships and traumas such as loss or illness and this serves as a coping mechanism. Spirituality is most often associated with being religious but they can be recognized as separate ideals. "Religion refers to the external expression of faith, that is the inner beliefs or values that relate to God or any higher being." (Rowe & Allen 2004) A person can be spiritual but not religious and a person can also be both religious and spiritual. The relationship between spirituality and coping begins when one encounters a stressful event and begins searching for spiritual guidance through spiritual practices as a means of support. "Spiritual and religious practices have a positive effect on an individual during stress or crisis by providing resources for coping and affecting the individual's perception of the event." (Krok, 2008) In my research of the relationship between
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