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The Emperor's new clothes: Spirituality: a concept based on questionable ontology and circular findings
Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för socialt arbete.
2012 (Engelska)Ingår i: Archive for the Psychology of Religion/ Archiv für Religionspsychologie, ISSN 0084-6724, E-ISSN 1573-6121, Vol. 34, nr 1, s. 17-32Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
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‘Spirituality’ is an old word which throughout history has been given different meanings. Overthe last two decades, it has successively become an increasingly frequent concept in scientificstudies, none the least in psychosocial oncology. Advocates of ‘spirituality’ regard it as a humandimension and state that since all humans have ‘spiritual needs’ it is urgent to develop ‘spiritualcare’. With the focus on recent publications, this article critically scrutinizes aspects of scientificsoundness in this growing research tradition, foremost problems of the lack of conceptual clarityand reliance on interconnected instruments that imply circular findings. It is concluded that theconcept adds more confusion than clarity if it is not put into a meaningful theoretical and culturalcontext, and subsequently it is important to guard against preconceptions and vague meaningsin this research field.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Brill Academic Publishers, 2012. Vol. 34, nr 1, s. 17-32
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cancer, connectedness, existential, meaning, psychosocial, spirituality
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psykologi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-56452DOI: 10.1163/157361212X645241ISI: 000305870400003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-56452DiVA, id: diva2:534846
Tillgänglig från: 2012-06-18 Skapad: 2012-06-18 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-06-08Bibliografiskt granskad

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