Spirituality, religion, and the interrelationship: A nationally representative study

David Hodge, Charlene C. McGrew

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How do people define spirituality and religion and what, if any, relationship do they see between the 2 constructs? In this study, we answer these questions using a qualitative methodology with a nationally representative sample of graduate-level social work students affiliated with the National Association of Social Workers (N=303). A relatively diverse array of definitions for both spirituality and religion emerged. Most respondents believed some form of relationship existed between spirituality and religion. A significant minority, however, reported that no or a minimal relationship existed between the 2 concepts. We conclude by discussing the implications of these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-654
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006


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  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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