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Spirituality and depression: a qualitative approach

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dc.contributor.advisor Moore, C. en Robertson, Alan Charles en 2009-08-25T10:52:41Z 2009-08-25T10:52:41Z 2009-08 2006-11-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Robertson, Alan Charles (2009) Spirituality and depression: a qualitative approach, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Spirituality is a neglected dimension in psychology, but has recently been growing in importance. Depression is a widespread phenomenon, worldwide, although presenting differently in different cultures, including South Africa. The aim of this study was to give an opportunity to those who have experienced spirituality and depression to voice their experiences in their respective contexts. The ontological framework was postmodernism and the guiding epistemology was social constructionism. Qualitative research was the method of research selected, because it suited the aims of the research. The specific method of analysis was a "categorical content analysis". In depth interviews with eight participants from various faith backgrounds were conducted. The participants' stories were interpreted by the researcher in the form of themes. Recurring and pertinent themes were compared and discussed with other voices in the field, such as the literature and societal and cultural discourses. The study facilitated rich, detailed and complex descriptions of people's experience of spirituality and depression. The researcher hopes the voice of this research will lead to new understandings of these phenomena in a South African context. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 287 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Spirituality en
dc.subject Depression en
dc.subject Loss en
dc.subject Anger en
dc.subject Relationships en
dc.subject Future story en
dc.subject Meaning en
dc.subject Subjugating discourses en
dc.subject Culture en
dc.subject Language en
dc.subject Religiousness en
dc.subject Prayer en
dc.subject Externalization en
dc.subject Openness to experience en
dc.subject Epistemology en
dc.subject Qualitative research en
dc.subject Postmodernism en
dc.subject Research methodology en
dc.subject Social constructionism en
dc.subject Categorical content analysis en
dc.subject.ddc 201.615
dc.subject.lcsh Psychology and religion
dc.subject.lcsh Spirituality
dc.subject.lcsh Depression, Mental -- Religious aspects
dc.title Spirituality and depression: a qualitative approach en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Psychology en D. Litt. et Phil. (Psychology) en

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