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Home economists’ views and perceptions of spiritual health and wellbeing : a collective affirmation statement

journal contribution
posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Jay DeagonJay Deagon, D Pendergast
Home economists articulate relationships between home economics and spiritual health and wellbeing in various ways. This paper focuses on some similarities in spiritual discourses. Home economists from twenty-one countries responded to an anonymous online survey that invited cross-cultural views and perceptions about spirituality. Bricolage strategies including qualitative descriptive statistics, elements of constructivist grounded theory, content and discourse analysis were used to establish themes in the data and enabled analysis of home economists’ language-in-use relating to spirituality. Shared meaning themes were located and used to construct a collective affirmation statement. The statement confirmed some ‘essential element’ categories of home economics including individuals, families and communities, the natural environment, and local and global citizenship to have relationships with spiritual discourse. Prominent spiritual discourse concepts emerged such as: uniqueness of the individual, respect for diversity, service to others, hope, meaning and purpose in life, family relationships, and community spirit. For the participants in this study, home economics education contributes positively to spiritual wellbeing.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

21

Issue

2

Start Page

2

End Page

12

Number of Pages

11

ISSN

1322-9974

Location

Australia

Publisher

Home Economics Institute of Australia

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Griffith University; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Journal of the HEIA.