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dc.contributor.authorMichaelson, V
dc.contributor.authorSmigelskas, K.
dc.contributor.authorKing, N
dc.contributor.authorInchley, J.
dc.contributor.authorMalinowaska-Cieslki, M
dc.contributor.authorPickett, W
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-18T13:27:04Z
dc.date.available2021-11-18T13:27:04Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.citationHealth Promotion International, 2021, 1–11, https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daab185en_US
dc.identifier.issn1460-2245
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/15428
dc.description.abstractSpirituality is considered by many to be an important domain of health. It is sometimes measured in four domains of connections: to oneself, to others, to nature and to the transcendent. While the importance of such connections is recognized as a fundamental human right for children, few interna- tional studies have studied their impacts on the health and well-being of young people. In this study of young people conducted over 4 years in 12 countries, we examined the perceived importance of each of four spiritual health domains and how they each related to positive mental health status in >75 000 adolescents. ‘Connections to self’ were consistently viewed as most important among boys and girls in all 12 countries. Fostering of strong connections to self, which involves cultivating a sense of meaning, purpose and joy in the lives of adolescents, appears most fundamental to achieving men- tal health and well-being. This may be achieved directly through a focus on connections to self, or in- directly by focusing on the indirect effects of the other three domains on mental health. This opens up many opportunities for health promotion in child populations, internationally.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipBrock Library Open Access Publishing Funden_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherOcford University Pressen_US
dc.subjectadolescenceen_US
dc.subjectconnectionsen_US
dc.subjectepidemiologyen_US
dc.subjectmental healthen_US
dc.subjectspiritualityen_US
dc.titleDomains of spirituality and their importance to the health of 75 533 adolescents in 12 countriesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/heapro/daab185
refterms.dateFOA2021-11-18T13:27:04Z


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