African-American spirituality: A concept analysis

Kelley Newlin, Kathleen Knafl, Gail D'Eramo Melkus

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Abstract

Culturally competent care for African Americans requires sensitivity to spirituality as a component of the cultural context. To foster understanding, measurement, and delivery of the spiritual component of culturally competent care, this article presents an evolutionary concept analysis of African-American spirituality. The analysis is based on a sample of multidisciplinary research studies reflecting spirituality of African Americans. Findings indicate that African-American spirituality involves quintessential, internal, external, consoling, and transformative attributive dimensions. Findings are considered in relation to previous conceptual analyses of spirituality and suggest that defining attributes of African-American spirituality are both global and culturally prominent. Implications for practice and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-70
Number of pages14
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Volume25
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2002

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Keywords

  • African American
  • Concept analysis
  • Culturally competent care
  • Nursing
  • Spirituality

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African-American spirituality : A concept analysis. / Newlin, Kelley; Knafl, Kathleen; D'Eramo Melkus, Gail.

In: Advances in Nursing Science, Vol. 25, No. 2, 12.2002, p. 57-70.

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Newlin, Kelley ; Knafl, Kathleen ; D'Eramo Melkus, Gail. / African-American spirituality : A concept analysis. In: Advances in Nursing Science. 2002 ; Vol. 25, No. 2. pp. 57-70.
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