Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 115–121 | Cite as

Spirituality and sexuality: The healthy connection

  • Peter B. Anderson
  • Mal Morgan


This article offers an appraisal of the relationship between the spiritual and sexual dimensions of our health. It is argued that the essential ingredient of connectedness is at the core of each of these two dimensions. A framework of seven dimensions of health is presented as a paradigm for discussing this relationship. Finally, the personal and professional implications of expanding and promoting the spiritual and sexual aspects of our health, and the striking connection between them, are discussed.


Essential Ingredient Sexual Aspect Sexual Dimension Professional Implication Striking Connection 
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© Institutes of Religion and Health 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter B. Anderson
    • 1
  • Mal Morgan
    • 2
  1. 1.University of New Orleans
  2. 2.Matrix Group Learning Systems in Metairie

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