Use of the Spiritual Development Framework in Conducting Spirituality and Health Research with Adolescents

  • Dora Clayton-JonesEmail author
  • Kristin A. Haglund
  • Jame Schaefer
  • Harold G. Koenig
  • Safiya George Dalmida
Original Paper


Spirituality is considered a universal phenomenon, but research addressing the spiritual needs of adolescents in the context of health and illness is limited. The aim of this article is to provide a description of how the spiritual development framework (SDF) was used in conducting research with adolescents. An exemplar of a qualitative descriptive study is provided to demonstrate applicability of the SDF. The SDF was used as a guiding theoretical framework in conducting research with adolescents living with sickle cell disease. The SDF is culturally applicable and methodologically appropriate. Additional research applying the SDF is warranted.


Spirituality Theory Adolescents Chronic illness 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dora Clayton-Jones
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Kristin A. Haglund
    • 1
  • Jame Schaefer
    • 3
  • Harold G. Koenig
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Safiya George Dalmida
    • 7
  1. 1.Marquette University College of NursingMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Medical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA
  3. 3.Department of TheologyMarquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  5. 5.Department of MedicineDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  6. 6.Department of MedicineKing Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia
  7. 7.Capstone College of NursingThe University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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