Changes in Spiritual Practices and Relational Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19, family, family closeness, mixed methods, spiritual practices, spirituality
Given disruptions to families’ routines and processes wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, this article explores associations between changes in the frequency of spiritual practices and relational well-being during COVID-19. Using a survey of 1,510 adults in the United States administered during the summer of 2020, we employed a mixed methods approach. Significant associations were found between the frequency of engaging in spiritual practices and relational well-being. Specifically, engaging in spiritual practices was associated with increased emotional closeness and a greater likelihood of reporting a positive lasting effect of the pandemic on family relationships. Our findings suggest that some families and individuals may find that engaging in individual or group spiritual practices, including yoga and meditation, mindfulness, and enjoying nature, fostered resilience and growth during the pandemic.
Original Publication Citation
Kelley, H. H., Dollahite, D. C., James, S., & Marks, L. D. (2022). Changes in spiritual practices and relational wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Marriage and Family Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/01494929.2021.2022563
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Kelley, Heather H.; Dollahite, David C.; James, Spencer; and Marks, Loren D., "Changes in Spiritual Practices and Relational Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic" (2022). Faculty Publications. 5839.
Marriage and Family Review
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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