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Subject/Keyword
sociology of belief
Mary Baker Eddy
attribution theory
spiritual healing
medical refusal
cognitive dissonance
Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Christian Science
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Manca, Terra
Supervisor and department
Kent, Stephen (Sociology)
Examining committee member and department
Grekul, Jana (Sociology)
Caulfield, Tim (Law)
Department
Department of Sociology
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-10-01T15:46:06Z
Graduation date
2009-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Christian Science is one of several religious groups with doctrines that suggest that medical use hinders spiritual development and/or is ineffective. Because of the beliefs, Christian Science has faced controversy in both Canada and the United States, and experiences difficulty maintaining a committed following. In some cases, Scientists who choose to rely on Christian Science risk increased pain or death for themselves or their children. This study seeks to identify the influences that Scientists face when deciding upon a healthcare option for themselves and their children. I applied interpretative phenomenological analysis to eleven interviews with current Canadian Scientists and one interview with a former Scientist. In addition, I analyzed biographies, church policies and doctrines, Canadian laws, and relevant court cases to contextualize my data. I concluded that Scientists use diverse forms of healthcare (some of which may be risky).
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3630R
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