Spirituality and cultural identification among Latino and non-Latino college students

Maureen Campesino, Michael Belyea, Gary Schwartz

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Abstract

The purposes of this study were to examine (a) differences in spiritual perspectives and practices of Latino and non-Latino young adults and (b) the cultural relevance of the Latino Spiritual Perspective Scale (LSPS). Studies indicate that spiritual perspectives are embedded within cultural group norms and vary significantly across ethnic groups. A cross-sectional survey design was used with a convenience sample of 223 Latino and non-Latino university students in the Southwestern United States. The Spiritual Perspective Scale (SPS), the LSPS, the Orthogonal Cultural Identification Scale, and a demographic questionnaire were used. Latinos scored significantly higher than non-Latinos in both measures of spiritual perspectives. Self-reported behavioral measures, such as frequency of personal prayer, were also higher among the Latino group. Latino cultural identification was the only significant predictor of LSPS scores. Findings from this study indicate that spirituality among Latinos has meanings specific to the cultural group context. These findings have implications for nursing research involving the conceptualization and measurement of spirituality among multiethnic groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-79
Number of pages8
JournalHispanic Health Care International
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 25 2009

Keywords

  • Cultural identification
  • Instrumentation
  • Religious practices
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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