African American Spirituality: A Process of Honoring God, Others, and Self

Lisa M. Lewis, Sheila Hankin, Diane Reynolds, Gbenga Ogedegbe

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this pilot study was to explore African American definitions of practicing spirituality and to describe the process of spirituality and its relationship to health promotion. Method: Data were collected using semi-structured interview questions via two focus groups from a total of 12 participants who self-identified as African American. Findings: This grounded theory methodology generated three categories of spirituality: (a) love in action, (b) relationships and connections, and (c) unconditional love. The overall process of practicing spirituality and its relationship to health identified a process of honoring God, self, and others. Conclusion: Research studies that investigate the concept of spirituality and its relationship to health promotion and disease management need to address the subjective experience of spirituality based on participant definitions rather than researcher-focused definitions of spirituality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-23
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Holistic Nursing
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

Keywords

  • African American
  • health promotion
  • religion
  • spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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