Spirituality and Religion among the General Public: Implications for Social Work Discourse

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    Conceptualizations play a central role in social work discourse, shaping actions in the areas of practice, research, and education. Although many formulations of spirituality and religion have been advanced by social work scholars, the views of members of the general public have been largely absent from the professional conversation. The present article adds to the profession's evolving discussion on spirituality and religion by describing common understandings of spirituality and religion among the general population and by discussing the implication of these views for social work discourse on spirituality and religion. By understanding common views among the public, the social work profession is better positioned to provide ethical and professional services that respect clients' spiritual beliefs and values.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)219-227
    Number of pages9
    JournalSocial Work (United States)
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


    • clients
    • religion
    • social work discourse
    • spirituality

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science


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