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Spiritual assessment in aging: a framework for clinicians.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17210536     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Older adults may benefit from clinical conversations about the role of spirituality in their lives, but social workers and other helping professionals often do not have an understanding of where to proceed beyond initial questions of whether spirituality and/or religion are important and if so, what religious preference is held. Much has been written about definitions of spirituality and religion, but the literature has not yet provided a clear focus on ways to assess whether these are integrated positively or negatively in the lives of older adults. This article identifies eleven domains in spirituality that might be assessed. Within each domain an explanation is provided as well as a brief discussion of the rationale for including it in the classification. Sample interview questions and an illustrative vignette are included. Together these eleven domains build an important framework and resource for spiritual assessment with older adults.
Holly Nelson-Becker; Mitsuko Nakashima; Edward R Canda
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of gerontological social work     Volume:  48     ISSN:  0163-4372     ISO Abbreviation:  J Gerontol Soc Work     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-09     Completed Date:  2007-03-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7903311     Medline TA:  J Gerontol Soc Work     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  331-47     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Aged, 80 and over
Geriatric Assessment / methods*
Religion and Psychology*
Self Assessment (Psychology)
Social Support
Social Work, Psychiatric / methods*

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