Spiritual Well-Being: An Introduction

  • Vivian W. Q. LouEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)


The word spirit has its root in the Latin word spiritus, meaning breath, and most often refers to a noncorporeal substance differentiated from the material body. Throughout human history, spiritual pursuits have been an essential and integral part of human life at both individual and societal level. From a psychological point of view, Erikson’s eight stages of development suggest that every individual will at some stage of their lives ask questions like “what is the meaning of my life?” and “how do I feel about my life?” Searching for ego integrity thus becomes a key aspect of healthy psychological development. This chapter presents a discussion on why spiritual Well-Being is essential for older adults. A literature review of definitions of spiritual Well-Being, measurement tools, and associated factors shed light on insights to study spiritual Well-Being in a Chinese context.


Chinese Context Spiritual Care Health Impact Assessment Spiritual Belief Harmonious Relationship 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Sau Po Centre on AgeingThe University of Hong KongPokfulamHong Kong SAR

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