Religion-specific resources for meaning-making from suffering: Defining the territory
Rosemead School of Psychology
The purpose of this review paper is to present a case for more proximal and emic approaches to the study of religious meaning-making in suffering. Meaning-making is an important way in which religion and spirituality contribute to adjustment in the context of encountering difficult life events. However, much of the available research on religious meaning-making ignores the contributions of specific religions to the meaning-making process. We begin by presenting a rationale for more sustained attention to religion-specific resources for meaning-making in suffering. Using Park’s meaning-making model as the organising framework, we then articulate how religions contribute unique global beliefs, situational beliefs, meaning-making processes, and valued outcomes to meaning-making. We illustrate these using existing research. Next, we suggest a refinement to Park’s model, offering a preliminary recursive model involving these identified components. We conclude with a brief prospectus informed by our model for future research.
Meaning (Psychology); Suffering
Mental Health, Religion & Culture
DOI of Published Version
Hall, M. Elizabeth Lewis, "Religion-specific resources for meaning-making from suffering: Defining the territory" (2018). Faculty Articles & Research. 112.