Title

Spiritual Histories and Native Americans: A Mixed Method Validation Study

Keywords

Native Americans, spirituality, assessment, spiritual history, American Indians

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2009-08-13

Publisher

Journal of Social Service Research

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Social Work

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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