3308.0 Research examining relationships between spirituality and health

Monday, November 9, 2009: 2:30 PM
The purpose of this oral session is to highlight research being conducted on spirituality or religiosity and various health-related outcomes. As interest in the relationship between spirituality/religiosity and health increases, there is need for validated instruments to measure these constructs. The presentations include diverse methods for measuring religiosity and spirituality – e.g., the Duke Religion Index and the Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire, a new spiritual capital instrument. The outcomes examined are likewise diverse – e.g., health-related quality of life for men with metastatic prostate cancer, high risk sexual behavior or HIV/STI prevalence among female methamphetamine users, and trust in physicians and religious leaders regarding health information. Understanding how the relationship between spirituality/religiosity and health-related outcomes varies across different groups and different types of outcomes is important for moving the field forward.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe different methods for measuring spirituality, religiosity, and spiritual capital. 2. Understand the association between spirituality or religiosity and health-related outcomes among diverse subgroups. 3. Discuss racial differences in religiosity and how these are related to differences in trust of physicians and research.

2:35 PM
Spirituality and quality of life in low-income men with metastatic prostate cancer
Mary Wassel Zavala, MA, Sally L. Maliski, RN, PhD, Lorna Kwan, MPH, Arlene Fink, PhD and Mark S. Litwin, MD, MPH
2:52 PM
Development and validation of instruments to assess spiritual capital
Cheryl L. Holt, PhD, Eddie Clark, PhD, Emily Schulz, PhD, Beverly Williams, PhD and Penny Southward, MPPM
3:09 PM
Examining racial differences in the association of religiousness and trust in research and participation
Mary A. Garza, PhD, MPH, Jamie Chatman, PhD, Daniel E. Hall, MD, MDiv, MHSc, Craig S. Fryer, DrPH, MPH and Stephen B. Thomas, PhD
3:26 PM
Religiosity among Female Methamphetamine Users in San Francisco
Alexandra Lutnick, MA, Jennifer Lorvick, MPH, Lynn D. Wenger, MPH, MSW, Philippe Bourgois, PhD, Jeffrey Klausner, MD, MPH, Michèle Thorsen, BA and Alex Kral, PhD

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Organized by: Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community
Endorsed by: Alternative and Complementary Health Practices, Social Work, Women's Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)