Spirituality: Towards a theoretical framework

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Integrating existing theory and research, this paper develops a theoretical framework of spirituality. Seven pathways are developed through which spirituality engenders a wide range of salutary outcomes. The seven pathways are: health promotive behaviors and lifestyles, social support, psychodynamics of ritual, psychodynamics of cognitive schemata, ego challenge, quantum effects and supernatural effects. A discussion of the practice and research implications that flow from the framework concludes the paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Thought
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Framework
  • Religion
  • Spirituality
  • Strengths perspective
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies


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