Meaning, spirituality, and health: a brief introduction Sentido, espiritualidade e saúde: uma breve introdução

Crystal L. Park


Spirituality is receiving increased research attention in the context of physical health and wellbeing. In this paper, I use a specific theoretical framework — the meaning making model — to briefly review theory and empirical findings regarding the links between spirituality and health in the context of general health and illness. In particular, I discuss the links between meaning and health both generally and in the context of illness. Spirituality is then considered in detail as an exemplar of meaning. Studies are reviewed that illustrate the multiple ways that spirituality is related to physical health. I conclude with suggestions for future research.


Religion. Spirituality. Health. Meaning-making.

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