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Spiritual wellbeing and its relationship to resilience in young people: a mixed methods case study


Smith, L and Webber, R and DeFrain, J, Spiritual wellbeing and its relationship to resilience in young people: a mixed methods case study, Sage Open, 3, (2) pp. 1-16. ISSN 2158-2440 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1177/2158244013485582


Questions have arisen recently about the role of spiritual wellbeing in strengthening resilience of youth. To explore this association, this case study focused on the relationships and connectedness of young people who attend one religious organisation as one means of enhancing their spiritual wellbeing. In line with the purposes of an instrumental case study, different sources of data (quantitative and qualitative) were collected on the phenomenon of interest—spiritual wellbeing. A theoretical purposive sample of sixty-five people participated in the study. A mixed methods research approach guided this case study, which incorporated both single and multicase study techniques. Through an abductive analysis process, spiritual wellbeing and resilience were shown to be interrelated and ecologically bound. This mixed methods case study presents one possible explanation for the often observed yet poorly understood relationship between spiritual wellbeing and positive youth outcomes, such as resilience.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:resilience, spiritual, well-being, youth, case study, Generation Y, bioecology
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Neonatal and child health
UTAS Author:Smith, L (Dr Lindsay Smith)
ID Code:83936
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2013-03-30
Last Modified:2018-05-04
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