The hospitalization of a child is stressful for a family. Turning to religion/spirituality (R/S) is a potential coping mechanism. Using an integration of Antonovsky's salutogenic model and human ecological theory, this study sought to determine if there is a relationship between the use of R/S as a psychosocial resource and the ability of the family to cope with the stress of child hospitalization. Although findings were inconclusive, a majority of families believed that R/S was important in helping them cope and that their beliefs and practices influenced their choice to use R/S as a resource. Implications for health care providers and administrators are discussed.
Professor, Allied Health Oakland Community College Waterford, Michigan (Kloosterhouse)
Professor, Family and Child Ecology College of Human Ecology Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan (Ames)