Spiritual Histories and Native Americans: A Mixed Method Validation Study
Native Americans, spirituality, assessment, spiritual history, American Indians
Although spirituality plays a central role in health and wellness for many Native Americans, surprisingly few spiritual assessment tools have been validated with this population. This mixed-method study modifies an existing spiritual assessment tool—spiritual histories—that may be particularly congruent with Native American culture. Using a sample of recognized experts in Native culture (N = 50), the study identifies: (a) the degree of cultural consistency, strengths, and limitations of the tool, conceptually, and (b) a culturally valid question protocol to operationalize the concept for use with Native clients. The findings are discussed in light of recent accrediting requirements mandating the administration of spiritual assessments in numerous settings and suggestions are provided to administer the assessment in a culturally competent manner.
Original Publication Citation
Hodge, D., & Limb, G. (2009). Spiritual histories and Native Americans: A mixed method validation study. Journal of Social Service Research, 35(4), 285-296.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hodge, David and Limb, Gordon, "Spiritual Histories and Native Americans: A Mixed Method Validation Study" (2009). Faculty Publications. 3076.
Journal of Social Service Research
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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