TABLE 2.

Characteristics of Participants

CharacteristicParticipants (n = 23)
n%
Gender
 Female1461
 Male939
Age
 5–8 y1565
 9–12 y835
Disease severity*
 Excellent730
 Good1252
 Mild417
Subjective intimacy
 Yes1774
 No626
Faith most important
 Agree1148
 Do not agree1043
Worship attendance§
 Regularly1043
 Not regularly1356
  • * A Shwachman score for CF rated their disease severity.20 Excellent corresponds to near-normal health functioning; mild corresponds to mild emphysema and restricted physical activity requiring frequent rests.

  • Yes refers to children’s comments that reflect a high level of intimacy with God, such as, “God is in my heart.” No refers to low levels of intimacy or no comments about intimacy. Labels were assigned subjectively by the authors on the basis of the content of the participants’ comments.

  • Parent report of agreement with, “My child’s religious faith is the most important influence in his/her life,” measured on a 5-point Likert scale. Agree includes “strongly agree” and “somewhat agree.” Do not agree includes “neutral,” “somewhat disagree,” and “strongly disagree.”

  • § Parent report. Regularly includes “weekly or almost weekly” and “once or twice a month.” Not regularly includes “a few times a year,” “only a few times in my life,” and “never.”