The meanings older adolescents attach to spirituality

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to explore the details of the experiences and meanings that adolescents associate with spirituality.

Design and Methods

This exploratory qualitative study used focus group discussions to uncover the experiences of 22 adolescents ages 16–19 years from two midwestern Canadian high schools.

Results

Three themes emerged: understandings of spirituality, the influence of spirituality on wellness, and the moderating influences of spirituality.

Practice Implications

The unique stories and experiences of this study's participants provide nurses with some possible starting points and ideas for dialogue related to spirituality with their adolescent clients.

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