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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304537
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Enhancing Mental Health Through Spirituality
Author(s):
Penman, Joy
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Joy Penman, MN, BN, MSc (Pharm), BSc (Pharm), joy.penman@unisa.edu.au
Abstract:

Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013

Purpose:

The focus of a recent qualitative study presented in this paper was the lived experience of spirituality.' Spirituality has been associated with diverse meanings including purpose in life, religion and relationships.' Fourteen participants from rural and regional Australia informed the study by providing their conceptual understanding of spirituality.' These participants had experienced a life-limiting condition directly as a patient or vicariously as a caregiver.' The purpose of this paper is to discuss one of the profound findings of the study which was the benefit on the mental health of individuals engaging in spiritual matters.

Methods:

Van Manen's theoretical framework of hermeneutic phenomenology was chosen for the study.' This approach enabled the researcher to access beliefs and perceptions relating to spirituality and self-disclosed ways by which participants engaged in spirituality.' It also provided rich detail of the impact of spirituality on the participants.'

Four palliative care clients and ten caregivers, recruited through palliative care teams of seven health services and self-referral, were selected for this study.' The participants' narratives captured during interviews were the human reality that the study portrayed.' The phenomenological themes of spirituality were identified following van Manen's wholistic and selective approaches.' A mental health assessment was also conducted to determine the influence of spirituality on mental health.

Results:

The findings revealed that engaging in spirituality assisted in maintaining and promoting good mental health.' The participants reported that spirituality helped them 'cope' with their circumstances.' The positive mental effects of spirituality encompassed feelings of 'contentment and satisfaction', 'less anxiety and pressure', and elicited positive emotions such as 'love' and 'compassion'.' Those engaging in spirituality exhibited positive coping behaviour, affect and mood, and insight and judgement.'

Conclusion:

Spirituality was found to be a potent internal resource to attain better mental health outcomes for some clients and caregivers confronting life-limiting conditions.

Keywords:
spirituality; mental health; palliative care clients/caregivers
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013 ; 22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryAbstracten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleEnhancing Mental Health Through Spiritualityen
dc.contributor.authorPenman, Joyen
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen
dc.author.detailsJoy Penman, MN, BN, MSc (Pharm), BSc (Pharm), joy.penman@unisa.edu.auen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304537-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b> <p>The focus of a recent qualitative study presented in this paper was the lived experience of spirituality.' Spirituality has been associated with diverse meanings including purpose in life, religion and relationships.' Fourteen participants from rural and regional Australia informed the study by providing their conceptual understanding of spirituality.' These participants had experienced a life-limiting condition directly as a patient or vicariously as a caregiver.' The purpose of this paper is to discuss one of the profound findings of the study which was the benefit on the mental health of individuals engaging in spiritual matters. <p><b>Methods: </b> <p>Van Manen's theoretical framework of hermeneutic phenomenology was chosen for the study.' This approach enabled the researcher to access beliefs and perceptions relating to spirituality and self-disclosed ways by which participants engaged in spirituality.' It also provided rich detail of the impact of spirituality on the participants.' <p class="a">Four palliative care clients and ten caregivers, recruited through palliative care teams of seven health services and self-referral, were selected for this study.' The participants' narratives captured during interviews were the human reality that the study portrayed.' The phenomenological themes of spirituality were identified following van Manen's wholistic and selective approaches.' A mental health assessment was also conducted to determine the influence of spirituality on mental health. <p><b>Results: </b> <p>The findings revealed that engaging in spirituality assisted in maintaining and promoting good mental health.' The participants reported that spirituality helped them 'cope' with their circumstances.' The positive mental effects of spirituality encompassed feelings of 'contentment and satisfaction', 'less anxiety and pressure', and elicited positive emotions such as 'love' and 'compassion'.' Those engaging in spirituality exhibited positive coping behaviour, affect and mood, and insight and judgement.' <p><b>Conclusion: </b> <p class="a">Spirituality was found to be a potent internal resource to attain better mental health outcomes for some clients and caregivers confronting life-limiting conditions.en
dc.subjectspiritualityen
dc.subjectmental healthen
dc.subjectpalliative care clients/caregiversen
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:38:16Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22en
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:38:16Z-
dc.conference.date2013en
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en
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