Experiences of caring after religious disaffiliation: A qualitative study based on the DEW model

Tutkimustuotos: LehtiartikkeliArtikkeliTieteellinenvertaisarvioitu


Background and Aim: Leaving a religious community may occasionally lead to suffering in a human being's life and difficult existential life issues, such as loss of social relationships, identity and well-being. Only a few studies have been conducted on what kind of care and support human beings who are suffering need in this context. The aim of this study was to increase the understanding of what a human being perceives as caring after religious disaffiliation. Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted with 18 participants who had left different religious communities in Finland. The material was analysed through a deductive thematic analysis according to Braun and Clarke, based on the Dressing an existential wound model by Rehnsfeldt and Arman. Results and Conclusion: The results show that what human beings experience as caring after religious disaffiliation is encountering a care professional who understands the needs of someone in this life situation. Based on these needs, caring is described through seven themes. Care professionals need to understand the impact religious disaffiliation may have on clients' lives and respond to their needs. Understanding the suffering of a human being calls for a care professional's holistic view and caring for the whole human being, including spiritual dimensions. This new knowledge can be used by care professionals to develop caring for clients after religious disaffiliation.

JulkaisuScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
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TilaJulkaistu - 4 huhtik. 2024
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu


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