A HeartMath intervention, focusing on coherence, resilience and faith, following a trauma

Theologia Viatorum

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Title A HeartMath intervention, focusing on coherence, resilience and faith, following a trauma
Creator Edwards, David J. Dreyer, Yolanda Steyn, Ben J.M.
Subject — traumatic experience; HeartMath intervention; coherence; resilience; faith
Description Traumatic experiences can have an impact on faith. HeartMath, which focuses on coherence and resilience, is one approach utilised to help overcome traumatic experiences. This study focused on a HeartMath intervention, emphasising psychophysiological coherence, sense of coherence, resilience and faith following a traumatic experience. A quasi-experimental, single, within-sample design was used. The purposeful sample consisted of 10 participants. A 12-week HeartMath intervention was undertaken. Related quantitative and qualitative coherence, resilience and faith measures were used at pre-test, re-test and, after intervention, post-test, with participant diaries completed. Quantitatively, there were significant post-intervention positive improvements in physiological average coherence, achievement, and low, medium and high coherence level scores. Although not significant, there were improvements in the resilience scale and faith scale. However, there was no improvement in the sense of coherence scale total score. Qualitatively, there were positive integrative thematic changes in experiences of the sense of coherence, resilience and faith. Recommended next research steps were a case study on causal, correlational and relationship mechanisms of change, followed by an appreciative inquiry evaluating HeartMath as a pastoral care and counselling intervention.Contribution: This article contributes to the area of practical theology, specifically pastoral care and counselling, as it quasi-experimentally explores a HeartMath intervention and faith following a traumatic experience.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2024-02-27
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
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Identifier 10.4102/tv.v48i1.219
Source Theologia Viatorum; Vol 48, No 1 (2024); 10 pages 2664-2980 0378-4142
Language eng
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