In this article, we consider the intersection of religious coping and the experience of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in a lifespan sample of adults living in south Louisiana during the 2005 storms. Participants were young, middle-age, older, and oldest-old adults who were interviewed during the post-disaster recovery period. Qualitative analyses confirmed that three dimensions of religion were represented across participants' responses. These dimensions included: (1) faith community, in relation to the significant relief effort and involvement of area churches; (2) religious practices, in the sense of participants' behavioral responses to the storms, such as prayer; and (3) spiritual beliefs, referring to faith as a mechanism underlying individual and family-level adjustment, acceptance, and personal growth in the post-disaster period. Implications for future disaster preparedness are considered.
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This research was supported by grants from the Louisiana Board of Regents through the Millennium Trust Health Excellence Fund [HEF(2001-06)-02] and the National Institute on Aging P01 AG022064. This support is gratefully acknowledged.
- Spirituality beliefs