AbstractsSocial Work

Self-care and spirituality

by Aspen M. Hall

Institution: California State University – Sacramento
Department: Social Work
Degree: MSW
Year: 2015
Keywords: Worship; Psychological effects of self-care; Spiritual practices
Record ID: 2062277
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/139516


Self-care is gaining attention in the broad field of helping professions due to its many mental, physical, and emotional benefits. Unfortunately, contemporary researchers do not adequately explore holistic approaches to self-care. Spirituality is largely left out of research on the subject of self-care. The primary purpose of this research project was to explore the potential benefit of spiritual activities, such as singing spiritual songs, as self-care interventions to determine if they are an effective method of self-care. Data was collected via paper survey from students at five college campuses (N = 412) in Northern California. Results of data analysis indicate that engaging in singing spiritual songs is a self-care technique that yields positive results for those who consider spirituality an important aspect of their life.