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dc.contributor.authorMichaelson, Valerie
dc.contributor.authorBrooks, Fiona
dc.contributor.authorJirasek, Ivo
dc.contributor.authorInchley, Jo
dc.contributor.authorWhitehead, Ross
dc.contributor.authorKing, Nathan
dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Sophie
dc.contributor.authorDavison, Colleen
dc.contributor.authorMazur, Joanna
dc.contributor.authorPickett, William
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-05T10:28:22Z
dc.date.available2017-05-05T10:28:22Z
dc.date.issued2016-12-02
dc.identifier.citationMichaelson , V , Brooks , F , Jirasek , I , Inchley , J , Whitehead , R , King , N , Walsh , S , Davison , C , Mazur , J & Pickett , W 2016 , ' Developmental patterns of adolescent spiritual health in six countries ' , Social Science and Medicine , vol. 2 , pp. 294-303 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.03.006
dc.identifier.issn0277-9536
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 11378787
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: ac94f900-f0b3-445f-b0ad-bfc7571b7353
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84966706406
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/18177
dc.description© 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
dc.description.abstractThe spiritual health of adolescents is a topic of emerging contemporary importance. Limited numbers of international studies provide evidence about developmental patterns of this aspect of health during the adolescent years. Using multidimensional indicators of spiritual health that have been adapted for use within younger adolescent populations, we therefore: (1) describe aspects of the perceptions of the importance of spiritual health of adolescents by developmental stage and within genders; (2) conduct similar analyses across measures related to specific domains of adolescent spiritual health; (3) relate perceptions of spiritual health to self-perceived personal health status. Cross-sectional surveys were administered to adolescent populations in school settings during 2013–2014. Participants (n=45,967) included eligible and consenting students aged 11–15 years in sampled schools from six European and North American countries. Our primary measures of spiritual health consisted of eight questions in four domains (perceived importance of connections to: self, others, nature, and the transcendent). Socio-demographic factors included age, gender, and country of origin. Self-perceived personal health status was assessed using a simple composite measure. Self-rated importance of spiritual health, both overall and within most questions and domains, declined as young people aged. This declining pattern persisted for both genders and in all countries, and was most notable for the domains of “connections with nature” and “connections with the transcendent”. Girls consistently rated their perceptions of the importance of spiritual health higher than boys. Spiritual health and its domains related strongly and consistently with self-perceived personal health status. While limited by the 8-item measure of perceived spiritual health employed, study findings confirm developmental theories proposed from qualitative observation, provide foundational evidence for the planning and targeting of interventions centered on adolescent spiritual health practices, and direction for the study of spiritual health in a general population health survey context.en
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofSocial Science and Medicine
dc.subjectadolescent
dc.subjectchild development
dc.subjectgender
dc.subjectnature
dc.subjectspiritual health
dc.subjectspirituality
dc.titleDevelopmental patterns of adolescent spiritual health in six countriesen
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Health and Social Work
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Adult Nursing and Primary Care
dc.contributor.institutionNursing, Midwifery and Social Work
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Research in Public Health and Community Care
dc.contributor.institutionCommunities, Young People and Family Lives
dc.contributor.institutionWeight and Obesity Research Group
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