Utilizing Spiritual Lifemaps with LDS Clients: Enhancing Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice

Gordon E. Limb, David Hodge, Rachelle Leckie, Peter Ward

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Few people realize that the Latter-day Saints (LDS) or Mormon Church currently ranks as the fourth largest religious denomination in the United States. Although spirituality and religion play a central role in the beliefs, lifestyle, and culture, of many LDS clients, very few spiritual assessment tools have been validated with this population. Utilizing a mixed method design, this study modified an existing spiritual assessment tool-spiritual lifemaps-that may be particularly congruent with LDS client populations. A sample of recognized experts in LDS culture (N = 100) examined how consistent the spiritual lifemap assessment tool was with LDS culture, and how consistent the four sample question sets were with LDS culture. Overall, results indicate that the spiritual lifemap assessment tool is consistent with LDS clients' beliefs, lifestyle, and culture. This study represents an important step at providing more culturally competent practice with LDS clients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-405
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013


  • Latter-day Saint
  • Lifemap
  • Mormon
  • Religion
  • Spiritual assessment
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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