A Qualitative Study of Faith Leaders' Perceptions of Health and Wellness

Benjamin Webb, Melissa Bopp, Elizabeth A. Fallon

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The effectiveness of faith-based health and wellness interventions is moderated by the attitudes, perceptions, and participation of key leaders within faith-based organizations. This qualitative study examined perceptions about the link between health, spirituality, and religion among a volunteer sample of faith leaders (n = 413) from different denominations. The major themes included: influences on health and wellness promotion and a relationship between spirituality and health. The results indicated that perceptions about the link among health, spirituality, and religion vary among faith leaders, regardless of denomination. Future faith-based interventions should be developed with consideration for denomination as a socially and culturally relevant factor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-246
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies


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