Religion and Spirituality

Assessment of religious and spiritual traditions may identify potential sources of support. At other times, the traditions may interfere with and/or be at odds with the treatment. The consultant should specifically inquire about affiliation, involvement, specific practices, and perceived support to both children and families, remembering that children (particularly adolescents) and parents not infrequently differ (Moncher and Josephson 2004; Sexton 2004). The assessment should also question the meaning or purpose of life, causality of misfortunes, fairness, and blame, as well as beliefs about the afterlife, which are particularly important in the context of life-threatening illness (Barnes et al. 2000).

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