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Christians with chronic complex trauma and relationally focused spiritual difficulties: a conversational model perspective

Proctor, M-T, Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850, Kornhaber, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6556-6775 and McLean, L 2018 , 'Christians with chronic complex trauma and relationally focused spiritual difficulties: a conversational model perspective' , Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health , pp. 1-34 , doi: 10.1080/19349637.2018.1460228.

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Abstract

This single-case study explored associations between relational trauma experienced during childhood and relationally focused spiritual difficulties encountered during adulthood. Fifteen initial therapy transcripts of a 57-year-old female Christian with complex trauma were analyzed. Relational experiences included: (a) “eating their young” (early developmental context); (b) “broken-winged chick” (sense of self); (c) “wounded sparrow” (self in relation to God); (d) “faltering in flight” (relationship with God); and (e) “at the fringe of the flock” (relationship with Christian community). Childhood relational trauma was far reaching in its long-term psycho-spiritual effects, adversely impacting sense of personhood, relational capacity, reflective functioning, and broader coping.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Proctor, M-T and Cleary, M and Kornhaber, R and McLean, L
Keywords: alienation, Christian, chronic complex trauma, connection, conversational model, disconnection, disorder of self; qualitative, relational spirituality, togetherness
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1934-9637
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/19349637.2018.1460228
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Copyright 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

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