Spiritual Well-Being and Spiritual Practices in Elderly Depressed Psychiatric Inpatients

Katherine M. Piderman, Maria I. Lapid, Susanna R. Stevens, Susan M. Ryan, Kristin J. Somers, Matthew T. Kronberg, Matthew M. Clark, Teresa A. Rummans

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This study's aims were to describe the spirituality of depressed elderly psychiatric inpatients and to examine associations among spirituality, depression, and quality of life (QOL). Forty-five persons participated. Most reported frequent, stable spiritual practices and experiencing spiritual comfort and guidance. Some reported spiritual distress and changes in spirituality. During hospitalization, participants demonstrated increased spiritual well-being (SWB) and peacefulness, and reduced hopelessness, worthlessness, and guilt. Positive associations were found between SWB and QOL and negative associations between SWB and depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalThe journal of pastoral care & counseling : JPCC
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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