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Spiritual Resiliency in Older Women
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Spiritual Resiliency in Older Women
Models of Strength for Challenges through the Life Span


March 1999 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Persons of all ages struggle to survive losses and rewrite their life stories. Self-help books abound, yet seldom do we stop to consider living resources, the wise old persons who are among us. Gerontologists Janet L. Ramsey and Rosemary Blieszner have recorded narratives of spiritually resilient German and American women and offer here a rare combination of listening, personal story telling, and professional reflection. Avoiding simplistic answers and acknowledging the ambiguity of human experience, the authors give voice to a remarkably unheard group: strong old women. In this unique book you will find unforgettable stories of courage and faith but also provocative suggestions on how to enrich your clinical and academic work through an increased emphasis on spiritual coping. The authors also emphasize the importance of acknowledging emotions in spiritual experiences, and integrating faith and close human relationships.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUAL RESILIENCY
 
An Invitation to Listen
 
Questions of Meaning, Stories of Faith
 
Overview of Study Methods
 
PART TWO: THE STORIES
 
The Gracious Encounters Begin
 
The American Women
 
The German Women
 
Resiliency and Community
 
Resiliency and Emotion
 
Resiliency and Personal Relationships
 
PART THREE: CONCLUSION
 
Implications for Thinking, Being and Telling
 
Implications for Gerontology

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