Taking Inventory and Moving Forward: A Review of the Research Literature and Assessment of Qualitative Research in JPCC, 2010-2014

J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2015 Dec;69(4):222-31. doi: 10.1177/1542305015617391.


As the foremost journal in spiritual care and counseling (SCC), Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling (JPCC) functions as a barometer for the discipline's research and interests. This article presents the findings of a review of the research literature in JPCC between 2010 and 2014. It examines research articles by asking the following questions: What are the quantity and types of research published? What are the dominant themes in this research? What are the quantity and methodologies of qualitative research? Findings are presented, discussed and recommendations are made in an effort to assess and further build the research base of the discipline.

Keywords: hermeneutical; pastoral counseling research; qualitative; quantitative; research; spiritual theoretical care research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Counseling*
  • Empirical Research
  • Humans
  • Pastoral Care*
  • Periodicals as Topic*
  • Religion and Medicine*
  • Spirituality*