Social workers' personal spiritual characteristics and their conceptualizations of spirituality and religion: A mixed method study

David Hodge, Stephanie C. Boddie

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    Abstract

    Do social workers' personal spiritual characteristics affect their conceptualizations of spirituality and religion? In light of growing professional interest in spirituality and religion, we attempt to answer this question using amixed methods approach in conjunction with a nationally representative sample of NASW-affiliated graduate students (N = 303). The results suggest that respondents' faith tradition, orthodoxy, and degree of spiritual motivation have a relatively minor effect upon how they defined (1) spirituality, (2) religion, and (3) their understanding of the relationship between spirituality and religion. We conclude by discussing the implications of the findings and suggesting avenues for further research.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)53-70
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
    Volume26
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2007

    Keywords

    • Faith
    • Orthodoxy
    • Religion
    • Spiritual motivation
    • Spirituality
    • Tradition

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Religious studies
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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