Spiritual disclosure and ego resiliency: Validating spiritual competencies

Gina M. Brelsford, Joseph Ciarrocchi

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Counselor spiritual and religious competency depends primarily on the ability to facilitate client spiritual disclosure. Little is known, however, about the empirical qualities of spiritual disclosure. In a sample of 318 adults (mean age = 44 years), spiritual disclosure independently predicted ego resiliency, a critical quality for stress-related growth. Spiritual disclosure predicted ego resiliency over the partial mediators of the 5 factors of personality, general global disclosure, and congregational support. Implications for professional counseling ethics are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-141
Number of pages12
JournalCounseling and Values
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Religious studies


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