ERIC Number: ED323172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-1
Reference Count: N/A
Spiritual Health: A Balance of All Dimensions.
Kolander, Cheryl A.; Chandler, Cynthia K.
This paper addresses some theoretical implications regarding the concept of spirituality and offers some practical suggestions for including spiritual health in the health education program. A traditionally accepted model of health (Hettler, 1979), the six dimensions of wellness are the intellectual, emotional, physical, social, occupational, and spiritual dimensions. In this model, spiritual health is considered as one of six equally important dimensions of wellness. A contrasting view, however, is that spiritual health is the source of all the other dimensions, and that spirituality is the over-arching umbrella covering all of the other aspects of health, representing the essence of who and what the individual is. An activity is outlined that provides students with an opportunity to discuss thoughts about spirituality as presented by a variety of authors. An individual's selection of a quotation is assumed to be guided by a personal understanding and view of spirituality. The quotation is read within the group and each student expresses an interpretation of the meaning and implications for spiritual health. The activity culminates with guided discussion by the entire group. The 14 quotations, and their sources, are appended along with 5 transparency masters. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (New Orleans, LA, March 28-April 1, 1990).