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Abstract

Spiritual experiences as a mediator between faith as well as religious practices and hope among sex addicted individuals from Poland participating in Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA)

Religious and spiritual facets of life seem to be important for psychological wellbeing of sex addicted individuals participating in self-help groups. The aim of this study was verification that in a sample of members of Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) from Poland religiosity and spirituality are important factors for hope and spirituality directly influence hope being mediator between faith as well as religious practices and hope. The sample consisted of 30 participants of SLAA groups from Poland. The following tools were used: Herth Hope Index (HHI), Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire (SCSORFQ), Daily Spiritual Experiences Scale (DSES), and two one scales regarding attending at mass and praying. Using multiple regression analysis confirmed that spiritual experiences mediate between religious faith as well as prayer and hope. It means that among SLAA participants relationship between religiosity and hope is indirect. It was proven that in a sample of sex addicted individuals participating in selfhelp groups higher level of religious faith and more frequent prayer has a positive impact on spiritual experiences, which in turn improve hope. Implications for future research as well as treatment of sex addiction are discussed.


Author(s):

Marcin Wnuk



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