Relational Spirituality Framework

Outline of Relational Spirituality Framework

  • Three Stages of Family Relationships
    • Discovery - forming & structuring a family relationship. For better & worse, spirituality can shape the processes aimed at the goal of creating family relationships. For example, spirituality can influence efforts to find a spouse or partner; have or adopt a child; create egalitarian or complementary gender roles in a family.
    • Maintenance - sustaining & preserving a family relationship. For better & worse, spirituality can shape the processes aimed at the goal of maintaining family relationships. For example, spirituality can motivate virtuous or destructive processes to resolve conflict & invest energy into relationships.
    • Transformation - reforming or exiting a dysfunctional family relationship.  For better & worse, spirituality can shape the processes aimed at the goal of coping with dysfunctional family relationships. For example, spirituality can motivate healthy and unhealthy efforts to accept or to change family relationships that breakdown or go awry.

For full discussion of Relational Spirituality Framework 

  • See,  Mahoney, A. (2013). The spirituality of us: Relational spirituality in the context of family relationships. In Pargament, K. (Ed.-in-Chief), Exline, J. J., Jones, J., Mahoney, A, & Shafranske, E. (Assoc. Eds.), APA handbooks in psychology: APA handbook of psychology, religion, and spirituality, (pp. 365-389). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. DOI: 10.1037/14045-020.dd
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