Use of the Spiritual Development Framework in Conducting Spirituality and Health Research with Adolescents

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Spirituality is considered a universal phenomenon, but research addressing the spiritual needs of adolescents in the context of health and illness is limited. The aim of this article is to provide a description of how the spiritual development framework (SDF) was used in conducting research with adolescents. An exemplar of a qualitative descriptive study is provided to demonstrate applicability of the SDF. The SDF was used as a guiding theoretical framework in conducting research with adolescents living with sickle cell disease. The SDF is culturally applicable and methodologically appropriate. Additional research applying the SDF is warranted.

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Clayton-Jones, D., Haglund, K.A., Schaefer, J. et al. Use of the Spiritual Development Framework in Conducting Spirituality and Health Research with Adolescents. J Relig Health 58, 1259–1271 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-018-00752-z

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Keywords

  • Spirituality
  • Theory
  • Adolescents
  • Chronic illness