1st Edition

Spirituality and Intellectual Disability International Perspectives on the Effect of Culture and Religion on Healing Body, Mind, and Soul

By William C Gaventa, David Coulter Copyright 2001
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    Learn about inclusive religious practices from around the world!

    With a multidisciplinary and anthropological perspective, Spirituality and Intellectual Disability: International Perspectives on the Effect of Culture and Religion on Healing Body, Mind, and Soul takes a fresh, innovative look into the world of religious and spiritual practices for the intellectually disabled. Containing vital insights from the first strand on spiritualit and disability at the quadrennial conference of the International Association for Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (Seattle, 2000), this book provides a framework for bridging the gap between science and faith. It explores the ways in which faith traditions, cultural backgrounds, and professional roles can help bring about a consensus about what spiritual health means within specific cultures and faiths and across disciplines.

    This informative book examines and provides cutting-edge information on:

    • recognition of spirituality in health care
    • defining and assessing spirituality and spiritual supports
    • perspectives on intellectual disability from Judiasm, Islam, Roman Catholicism, and Native American spirituality
    • creative models of community ministry and religious education
    • liturgical celebrations with people who have severe mental disabilities

    • Foreword
    • Preface
    • I. Healing Mind, Body, and Soul: Theoretical Foundations for Understandings of Spiritual Health for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
    • Recognition of Spirituality in Health Care: Personal and Universal Implications
    • Authenticity in Community: Theory and Practice of an Inclusive Anthropology in Care for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
    • Defining and Assessing Spirituality and Spiritual Supports: A Rational for Inclusion in Theory and Practice
    • II. Spirituality and Intellectual Disability Around the World: Cultural and Religious Perspectives on Healing Mind, Body, and Soul
    • Judaism and the Person with Intellectual Disability
    • Islam and the Person with Intellectual Disability
    • Disabled Women in Islam: Middle Eastern Perspective
    • Cultural/Spiritual Attributions as Independent Variables in the Development of Identity and Potential for Persons of Exceptionality: A Case Study of North American Christianity and Native American Religious Influence
    • Open Wide the Doors to Christ: Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and the Roman Catholic Church
    • III. Bringing Science Into Spirituality: Research and Practice
    • Spiritual Health and Persons with Intellectual Disability: A Review
    • Teaching Jewish Mentally-Retarded Youngsters Holiday Awareness Through Symbols
    • IV. From Theory and Theology to Practice: Creative Ways of Facilitating Spiritual Health
    • Liturgical Celebration with People with a Severe Mental Disability: Giving the Gospel Hands and Feet
    • The Benefits of Jewish Mourning Rituals for the Grieving Individual with Intellectual Disabilities
    • Bridge Ministries for Disability Concerns: A Community Ministry Model
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Gaventa, William C; Coulter, David