Coverage of the spiritual dimension of health in personal health textbooks in higher education

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1993-06-30

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Allen, Donna Jo

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The purpose of this study was to explore the extent and coverage of the spiritual dimension of health in college level personal health textbooks published between 1961-1963, 1975-1977, and 1991-1993; and to compare the number of pages devoted to each of eight dimensions of health: spiritual, physical, social, emotional/mental, vocational, cultural, intellectual, and environmental. A total of 15 textbooks were reviewed for this study. A 56 item coding form administered to each textbook indicated that a significant amount of change in coverage of the spiritual dimension of health in personal health textbooks was found in (a) representation by index, (b) representation by definition, and (c) portions of the textbook devoted to information on stress. There has been a significant change in the coverage of the environmental dimension of health in college level personal health textbooks. No significant difference was found in coverage of the other dimensions examined. This content analysis provides extensive description of spiritual health in personal health textbooks and offers directions for the profession and future research.

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Philosophy, Education, Spiritual health, Textbooks, Religion, Theology

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