Earthquake in Haiti: Relationship with the Sacred in Times of Trauma

Volume
Volume 40
Issue
Winter 2012
Title
Earthquake in Haiti: Relationship with the Sacred in Times of Trauma
Abstract

The devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010 killed over 230,000 people and injured many more. One year later, 1.2 million people were still living in tents. Haiti is only one of many places around the globe that have been struck by community-wide disaster in recent years, including the United States’ own devastating tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Although several studies have demonstrated strong links between spirituality and resilience, the field is only just beginning to break ground on the role of spirituality in large-scale disaster situations (Koenig, 2006).

In this article we briefly review the literature on spirituality and trauma, followed by a description of the current study within a relational framework. The study aimed to investigate the impact of the Haitian people’s relationship with the divine on their psychospiritual transformation following the earthquake. Results are considered from a cross-cultural perspective.

Authors
Dr. K. A. O'Grady, Dr. D. G. Rollison, T. S. Hanna, H. Schreiber-Pan and M. A. Ruiz
Pages
289 - 301
Price
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