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“We Never Stop Singing”: The Dynamics of the Mental and Physical Health of Czech Religious Pastors during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors: Silvie Kotherová, Michal Müller, Lenka Jedličková, Jakub Havlíček, Tomáš Bubík

Published in: Journal of Religion and Health | Issue 1/2024

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Abstract

This study explores the dynamics of coping strategies of Czech religious leaders during a peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. An interpretative phenomenological analysis reveals that mental health among pastors is closely linked to a need to maintain community and social contact, while physical health is related to limitations upon ritual elements. In all narratives, the lived experience of mental health in the form of prosocial behavior is significantly prioritized despite the possibility of spreading infection. The analysis also shows that maintaining the community is closely linked to risky behaviors, which positively affected group and individual well-being.
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Metadata
Title
“We Never Stop Singing”: The Dynamics of the Mental and Physical Health of Czech Religious Pastors during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Authors
Silvie Kotherová
Michal Müller
Lenka Jedličková
Jakub Havlíček
Tomáš Bubík
Publication date
16-01-2024
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Journal of Religion and Health / Issue 1/2024
Print ISSN: 0022-4197
Electronic ISSN: 1573-6571
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-023-01977-3

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