By Paul J. Mills

The impetus for this specific factor arose from a panel presentation on spirituality, religiousness, and healthiness on the annual assembly of the Society of Behavioral medication. jointly, the articles supply readers with an appreciation of the varied study and scientific demanding situations desirous about figuring out the influence of religious ideals and practices on wellbeing and fitness, and the inventive ways being taken to handle them.

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DISCUSSION In general, the findings reported here support the use of the DSES to measure DSE. The DSES demonstrated good internal consistency reliability across all samples. The high internal consistency estimates for the DSES suggest that the items function together to consistently measure the spiritual experience construct. Preliminary interrater reliability data showed acceptable agreement for the subset of items examined. Preliminary construct validity was established through examination of the mean scale scores across sociodemographic subgroups.

Convergent or discriminant validity was supported by the higher correlations of the Ironson–Woods SR Index with the three measures of religiousness noted previously as compared with correlations of the Ironson–Woods SR Index with other variables. 01, which was then followed by a test of individual correlations. The Ironson–Woods SR Index did correlate significantly and fairly strongly with less distress (perceived stress, less affective distress [anxiety, depression], less physiologic stress [cortisol]), more hope (less hopelessness, more optimism), more social support (ESSI), better health behaviors (report of practicing safe sex, telling partner HIV status [Factor 4 only], and less smoking and drinking alcohol), and help- Volume 24, Number 1, 2002 Ironson–Woods SR Index and HIV/AIDS Survival 41 TABLE 3 Correlations of Ironson–Woods Spirituality/Religiousness Index With Religious Measures, Psychosocial Measures, Health Behaviors, and Cortisol Ironson–Woods Spirituality/Religiousness Index Variable Religious Measures Hogea Dukea Organized Rel.

As noted previously, many in this population identify as spiritual rather than religious (9). Next, many have been stigmatized by their churches (10,11,12). In their ambivalence toward organized religion (13), some have been able to redefine their connection with the sacred in new terms outside of traditional religion and, therefore, have had to struggle to find a way to do so. Finally, the studied group represents wide ethnic diversity and socioeconomic backgrounds. Traditional religious institutions are places of importance both to ethnic majorities and minorities and remain an important site for community social gatherings where minorities may be supported (14).

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