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 dothey see between the 2 constructs? In this study, we answer these questionsusing a qualitative methodology with a nationally representative sample ofgraduate-level social work students affiliated with the National Association ofSocial Workers (N=303). A relatively diverse array of definitions for both spiritualityand religion emerged. Most respondents believed some form of relationshipexisted between spirituality and religion. A significant minority, however, reported that no or a minimal relationship existed between the 2 concepts. Weconclude 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
    StatePublished - 2006

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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