Feasibility and Acceptability of a Telephone-Based Chaplaincy Intervention to Decrease Parental Spiritual Struggle
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Spiritual struggles (SSs) are distressing spiritual thoughts associated with poorer health outcomes. This study’s purpose was to test feasibility, acceptability, and fidelity of an intervention to decrease SS of parents of children with CF. Parents screening positive for SS were enrolled and were randomized to intervention or attention-control condition. Intervention focused on intra-, inter-, and divine SS. Mixed linear modeling examined between-group differences. We present analyses of N = 23, and participants all showed decreased levels of SS. Acceptability was high; feasibility was higher in the intervention arm. GuideSS_CF is acceptable and feasible and warrants development as a potentially efficacious intervention.
KeywordsChaplaincy Intervention Adolescent Cystic fibrosis
The authors gratefully acknowledge the partial funding from the institution’s Research Innovation and Progress Award, the Division of Pulmonary Medicine and the Department of Pastoral Care.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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