Exploring the Meaning of Spirituality to African American Adults with a History of Psychosis

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160038
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Title:
Exploring the Meaning of Spirituality to African American Adults with a History of Psychosis
Abstract:
Exploring the Meaning of Spirituality to African American Adults with a History of Psychosis
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2006
Author:Elliott, Mary, DNSc, MSN, BS, RN
P.I. Institution Name:West Suburban College of Nursing
Title:Associate Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing, 3 Erie Court, Oak Park, IL, 60302, USA
Contact Telephone:(708)763-1245
This is a descriptive and exploratory naturalistic inquiry into the meaning of spirituality using qualitative research. The spiritual dimension of the human being, until recently, has been avoided, misunderstood, or has received little attention in scientific research. This research was conducted to explore the meaning of spirituality in the lives of those with a history of hallucinations, delusions, and/or other disorder thoughtsùpsychotic mental illness. This research is rare and needed. A purposive sample of 20 African American adults with a self-reported diagnosis of severe mental illness was chosen for the high incidence of psychoses, and the rich heritage of religiously expressed spirituality found in this population (especially in the face of hardship). The study was conducted with subjects who expressed a belief in God, and who were members of a community-based psychiatric rehabilitation organization (CBPRO). This outpatient setting allowed the inclusion of participants who might have exhibited fewer active psychotic symptoms, thus facilitating audio taped interviews. Each subject responded to an in-depth, guided, open-ended, and minimally structured interview; each subject was asked to share the meaning of their relationship with God. Four major themes emerged and were coded using the computer software, QSR NUD*IST 5 (2000). The themes are: meanings of God, spiritual needs identification, communication with God, and results of spiritual relationship on the individual's life. Results of the study contribute to the development of nursing knowledge and theory by describing and defining the meaning of spirituality to those who have experienced psychotic mental illnesses. Nurses can use these results to sensitize themselves to the needs of persons who have strong religiously expressed spirituality which might mediate the negative effects of psychotic mental illness. Key Words: Spirituality, African American, psychosis
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.titleExploring the Meaning of Spirituality to African American Adults with a History of Psychosisen_GB
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dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Exploring the Meaning of Spirituality to African American Adults with a History of Psychosis</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Elliott, Mary, DNSc, MSN, BS, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">West Suburban College of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, 3 Erie Court, Oak Park, IL, 60302, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">(708)763-1245</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">mary.elliott@wscn.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">This is a descriptive and exploratory naturalistic inquiry into the meaning of spirituality using qualitative research. The spiritual dimension of the human being, until recently, has been avoided, misunderstood, or has received little attention in scientific research. This research was conducted to explore the meaning of spirituality in the lives of those with a history of hallucinations, delusions, and/or other disorder thoughts&ugrave;psychotic mental illness. This research is rare and needed. A purposive sample of 20 African American adults with a self-reported diagnosis of severe mental illness was chosen for the high incidence of psychoses, and the rich heritage of religiously expressed spirituality found in this population (especially in the face of hardship). The study was conducted with subjects who expressed a belief in God, and who were members of a community-based psychiatric rehabilitation organization (CBPRO). This outpatient setting allowed the inclusion of participants who might have exhibited fewer active psychotic symptoms, thus facilitating audio taped interviews. Each subject responded to an in-depth, guided, open-ended, and minimally structured interview; each subject was asked to share the meaning of their relationship with God. Four major themes emerged and were coded using the computer software, QSR NUD*IST 5 (2000). The themes are: meanings of God, spiritual needs identification, communication with God, and results of spiritual relationship on the individual's life. Results of the study contribute to the development of nursing knowledge and theory by describing and defining the meaning of spirituality to those who have experienced psychotic mental illnesses. Nurses can use these results to sensitize themselves to the needs of persons who have strong religiously expressed spirituality which might mediate the negative effects of psychotic mental illness. Key Words: Spirituality, African American, psychosis</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:34:03Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:34:03Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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