Spiritual Assessment and Latter-Day Saints: Establishing the Preliminary Validity of Spiritual Eco-Maps

David Hodge, Gordon E. Limb

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Abstract

Few spiritual assessment approaches have been validated with Latter-Day Saints (LDS), in spite of the importance of religion to this culturally distinct population and its burgeoning growth. Drawing on the concept of social validity, this mixed-method study validates a qualitative spiritual assessment approach-spiritual eco-maps-using a geographically diverse sample of social workers (N = 100), all of whom had at least 5 years of direct practice experience with LDS clients. These individuals were asked to identify: a) the degree of cultural consistency, strengths, and limitations of the spiritual eco-map at a conceptual level; and 2) how the questions designed to operationalize the approach might be improved to be more valid, relevant, and consistent with LDS culture. The results suggest that spiritual eco-maps are consistent with LDS culture as long as they are operationalized appropriately. Toward this end, a culturally valid question protocol is provided along with suggestions for administering the instrument in a culturally competent manner. Spiritual eco-maps may be particularly useful in settings where a quick, visually oriented assessment that focuses on clients' present relationships is indicated. Future research might build upon the present study by assessing the validity of spiritual eco-maps with both community and client samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-380
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • Latter-Day Saints
  • Mormons
  • assessment
  • religion
  • spiritual eco-maps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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