A Phenomenological Analysis of the Spiritual Support Services in State Hospitals: The Case of Turkey


BAKİLER E. , EKŞİ H.

JOURNAL OF PASTORAL CARE & COUNSELING, vol.72, no.2, pp.116-128, 2018 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 72 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1542305018766277
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF PASTORAL CARE & COUNSELING
  • Page Numbers: pp.116-128
  • Keywords: Islamic pastoral care, Muslim spiritual care givers, spiritual care in hospital, Turkey, CHAPLAINS, HEALTH, CARE

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to examine the core and nature of spiritual support services experienced by Turkey's pioneer spiritual support specialists (SSSs). A phenomenological approach was used in this qualitative research in which six males, two females, and eight SSSs participated. It has been seen that as a result of face-to-face interviews with participants within the framework of the semi-structured interview protocol, the spiritual support service has been experienced as a process which changes the perception of life. In participants' experience, spiritual support has a deeper and more positive impact than other psychosocial services. Research findings show the need for a more dynamic education process based on psychology and social sciences to enhance effective communication and interviewing skills.