Religion as a Means of Resilience and Adjustment to Chronic Illness

By Maria-Irini Avgoulas and Rebecca Fanany.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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This qualitative study will present the understanding of health and belief practices among elderly Greek Australians. In particular, the role of religion has been explored as a means of resilience and adjustment to illness, as religious faith often influences individual’s thoughts, feelings, and how they may accept or understand their particular health condition. Adjustment has a strong psychological or emotional component that is likely to be affected by culturally determined conceptualizations of health. As such, the particular background of a population may be very significant in the level and means of adaptation of individuals and groups.

Keywords: Religion, Resilience, Adjustment, Chronic Illness, Elderly Greek Australians

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.45-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 303.993KB).

Dr. Maria-Irini Avgoulas

Associate Lecturer, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Science, LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Ms. Maria-Irini Avgoulas is currently employed at Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia and holds the role of Associate Lecturer/Placements Co-ordinator Rehabilitation Counselling in the School of Public Health and Human Biosciences. Maria’s previous clinical experience includes several years of working in health (acute hospital settings and in-patient psychiatry). She was also employed for a number of years with Centrelink, an Australian Government statutory agency. In 2011 Ms. Avgoulas undertook a study examining the cultural understanding of health and adjustment to CVD among the Greek elderly of Melbourne, Australia. This study is part of a PhD research project that Ms. Avgoulas commenced in 2012 at Deakin University examining the Transmission of Culturally Determined Health Beliefs among Three Generations of Greek Families in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Rebecca Fanany

Lecturer, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Rebecca Fanany is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University and a member of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute. She is a very experienced teacher and researcher whose work centers on the impact of language and culture and health and understanding. Her most recent book is Health as a Social Experience published in 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan.