Spirituality as a coping resource: The experiences of professional black women

Denise N.A. Bacchus, Lynn Holley

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Qualitative findings from face-to-face interviews of a subset of participants in a large quantitative study are used to explore the perspectives of 10 professional Black women (PBW) regarding their definitions of spirituality and their experiences using this resource to cope with work-related stress. Findings include that many PBW do not differentiate between spirituality and religion and that they utilize spirituality-particularly prayer, meditation, and inspirational readings-to gain personal strength, inner peace, and guidance and to reflect on and reappraise stressful situations in the workplace. Further, many PBW view spirituality as a problem-focused, rather than an emotion-focused, coping strategy. Implications for social work practice and future research are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-84
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 26 2004


  • Coping resources
  • Professional black women
  • Spirituality
  • Stress and coping
  • Ways of coping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education


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