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Understanding the life issues of spiritually-based clients

Author: Pellebon, D.A; Anderson, S.C.
Author Background:
Date May-June 1999
Type Journal
Journal Title: Families-in-Society
Volume/Pages 80(3): 229-238
Subject Matter Spirituality-; Clients-; Conceptual-frameworks; Families-; Social-work-practice; Knowledge-base
Abstract Understanding the meaning of life events from the perspective of a spiritually-based client is essential in social work practice. This article discusses several life events that are likely experienced by clients with spiritual worldviews. The meaning of childbirth and the perception of human nature provide insight into the family's socialization experience. In adolescence, sexuality and the potential for parental conflict emerge as issues that require a spiritually-sensitive approach. In adulthood, the spiritual reality has the most notable impact on an individual's attitudes, behaviors, and the decision-making process. Because spirituality operates similar to cultural realities, the authors' support the development of a knowledge base for working with clients who have a spiritual worldview. (Journal abstract.)