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Spirituality and Spiritual Care among Ethnic Chinese Residing in England: Implications for Nursing

Niu, Yanping, MCSHERRY, Wilfred and Partridge, Martin (2021) Spirituality and Spiritual Care among Ethnic Chinese Residing in England: Implications for Nursing. Religions, 12 (10). pp. 1-24. ISSN 2077-1444

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(1) Background: There is a lack of understanding of how spirituality is understood among ethnic Chinese living outside of China. The aim of this investigation was to gain insight into the meaning of spirituality and spiritual care among ethnic Chinese residing in England.

(2) Methods: This study employed a grounded theory method.

(3) Results: A core category called “seeking a meaningful life” emerged, comprising six categories: “motivation”, “support”, “maintaining standard values”, “achieving a meaningful life”, “relationships” and “perceptions of spirituality”. The core category included a three-stage process influenced by two factors: relationships with others and perceptions of spirituality. In motivated or supported situations of suffering and illness, ethnic Chinese usually follow principles of their Chinese tradition in seeking meaning for a satisfied spiritual life. This process is impacted by their relationships with others and view of spirituality.

(4) Conclusions: Participants’ understanding of spirituality and spiritual care was related to seeking meaning and purpose in life. Nurses could incorporate the newly developed life meaning processes into their practice. This could be achieved by culturally explaining suffering and focusing on the significance of physical illness for Chinese people. This would ensure their spiritual care practice delivers culturally
competent care for ethnic Chinese. Educators could also incorporate this process within their teaching materials so that this aspect of spiritual care is addressed for this specific group.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethnic; Chinese; grounded theory; health; nursing; spirituality; spiritual care
Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Wilfred MCSHERRY
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2021 14:41
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:02

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