Recent empirical studies demonstrate that faith is a resource that can contribute
to personal resilience in difficult life events. Since few studies have focused
on how women draw on their faith to cope with homelessness and associated life
stressors, this study is an attempt to fill this gap. By examining
women’s accounts of experience with homelessness and homeless shelters in
Croatia, we explore the role of faith in their lives. Using qualitative methods,
to explore the meanings homeless women attribute to their experiences of faith,
we discuss whether these experiences buffer stress and facilitate coping with
adversity. It is recommended that future studies should further explore homeless
people’s expressions of faith to gain insight into the scope, depth and
diversity of these resources.
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