An Appointment with God: AIDS, Place, And Spirituality.
The Journal of Sex Research 2005, Feb, 42, 1
The Journal of Sex Research
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Spirituality is a resource for African American gay men living with AIDS. Spirituality has been used to confront life-threatening events (Matheny & McCarthy, 2000) and physical illness (Heinrich, 2003) as well as emotional and psychological stresses (Culliford, 2002; Koenig & Cohen, 2002; Morita, Tsunoda, Inoue, & Chihara, 2000). Belief in God is an important contemporary and cultural strength for many African Americans (Mattis et al., 2004; NelsonBecker, 2003) and is a frequently cited element of Christian spirituality. As children, through spiritual formation and religious education many African Americans have been taught to foster a relationship with God (Mosley & Burgan-Evans, 2000; Jackson, Chatters, & Taylor, 1993). Within the family, spirituality is developed through formal and informal practices. Spirituality is influenced by participation in religious practice and belief (Helminiak. 2001). Religious practice is often conceptualized as a sociological phenomenon embodying codes of conduct, which are understood by interpretation of religious texts. The interpretation of such texts is the subject of sermons that are preached during worship services. In a study examining how 10 African American gay men living with AIDS understood and used spirituality, Miller (2000) found that each received formal and informal instruction in spirituality as children. As adults, these African American gay men straggled to use its benefits. Miller (2000) and Woodyward, Peterson, and Stokes (2000) have documented that sexual orientation and behaviors of African American gay men are often judged as inconsistent or in conflict with religious codes of conduct and are held to constitute a transgression or sin (Gross & Woods, 1999). Many men internalize these judgments. They also experience retribution from those who are authority figures in places of worship. The retribution for such transgressions includes possible exclusion from places of worship. It may also result in negative self-perceptions or an inability to formulate a spirituality that is useful in confronting other life stressors. Such outcomes are problematic for some African American gay men when coping with AIDS.
- 2,99 €
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Published: 01 February 2005
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
- Print Length: 36 Pages
- Language: English