Spiritual Resiliency In Older Women records the narratives of spiritually resilient older German and American women. The authors suggest how persons of all ages can gain maturity and spiritual coping by participating in communities based on faith, which acknowledge the emotion of spiritual experiences and integrate faith and close human relationships.

Overview of Study Methods

Overview of study methods

In order to understand the ways in which women have been empowered by their religious faith to survive losses and crises in their lives, we listened to narrative data from focus groups and in-depth interviews and also reviewed Ramsey's personal journal entries, written during the data collection process. Thus our methods involved “triangulation,” or making use of multiple sources of data, in order to strengthen our confidence in the identification of the themes and categories of old women's spirituality as they related to common perspectives about personal development. For those with research interests and for general readers who wishes to understand how we conducted our project, we present here a brief description of our study procedures.

Cross-Cultural Methodology

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