Reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in current APA format. Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Acceptable sources include textbook, scholarly articles, the Bible, etc.
Reply 1 – Darlene
The purpose of this presentation is to explore how research on treating chronic pain associated with Fibromyalgia can be conducted using the “Integrative View of Psychology”, which attempts to integrate psychological truth with truth from the Christian faith. Fibromyalgia is a physical disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues. The Integrative View was developed in the 1970s and is similar to the Levels-Of-Explanation view, but it emphasizes bringing the two worlds, Christianity and Psychology, together instead of allowing them to remain completely separate with no overlap. Proponents of the Integrative View believe that Christians should be actively involved in Psychology, contributing to research, engaging academic discourse, and developing new models and approaches that include empirical data and an interpretation of that data through a Christian worldview. Because Fibromyalgia is a physical disorder that impacts the body and the pain is thought to be related to the way that the brain and the spinal cord processes pain signals, the integrative view is appropriate. The integrative view is more trusting of modern psychology than some other views. However, in this area of research, modern psychology’s contribution will be limited to the results of studies done in the areas of cellular neuroscience, rheumatology, and neurology. Therefore, this researcher hypothesizes that the Integrative View will not present conflicts due to misalignment with the Christian worldview.
Keywords: Fibromyalgia, pain, christian view,
Reply 2. – Jaclyn
Based off the reading and published research, I believe that the Christian Psychology view would be most aligned with what I would like to speak upon. As we already know, the Christian Psychology view looks at the world of psychology through a Christian lens (Johnson, 2010). Since my area of research involves postpartum mothers, it would first be pertinent to interview mothers on their belief systems. I would create two surveys. One survey would include faith-based questions and beliefs. The other survey would include the postpartum mother’s experience during birth and the several months after the birth. Per usual, general demographic information would be included in the beginning of both surveys. The sample population receiving the survey would also be taken into consideration when designing the background informational questions.
Based off the survey results, I would then create a scale questionnaire that requires ratings from the same group of postpartum mothers. These new questionnaire results will drive the necessary research to be done in postpartum mothers. As with any level of research, it is important to maintain the dignity and integrity of those included in the study. I will maintain a high level of professionalism while also determining the motivations of each postpartum mother, as well as the actions taken after birth.
In Christian Psychology, we must maintain a firm grasp on what it means to uphold dignity and integrity in research participants. This leads me to the Bible verse “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:7-10).
Johnson, E. L., Myers, D. G., & Jones, S. L. (2010). Psychology and Christianity Five Views. Westmont: InterVarsity Press.